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Term Paper in English Literature and Culture

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeENG262
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

In English literature and culture at 200-level, students take the same course as either ENG222 (school exam) or ENG262 (term paper).

The course gives a critical and theoretical introduction to literature in English, or to a topic in cultural studies. The course focuses on a historical period or genre in English literature, or on a literary, cultural or interdisciplinary topic.

The course aims to provide the student with extended knowledge of the literature and/or culture in English-speaking countries, and to train students to have a critical and independent understanding of main questions that are connected with the study of literature and/or culture. The course also aims to give students a strong command of written and spoken English.

In addition to ENG262, students specializing in literature take the following courses:

- ENG224 (English literature and culture) and

- One course in linguistics, either ENG221 or ENG223.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student:

- has gained further knowledge on the aspects that characteristic of the literature and/or culture that the course focuses on

- has a critical and independent understanding of main questions that are tied to the study of literature and/or culture generally


The student:

- is capable of reflecting on the theoretical questions that the course raises

General competence

The student:

- can express himself or herself in correct academic English

Required Previous Knowledge

No formal requirements; see Recommended Previous Knowledge.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

It is recommended that students have completed the introductory semester as well as ENG114, ENG115, ENG107, ENG108/118, ENG109/119, ENG122 and ENG125, or equivalent.

Specifically, it is highly recommended that students have completed EXFAC00SK Basic Linguistics, ENG100, ENG114, ENG115, ENG107, ENG108/118 and ENG109/119 with a good result, or have equivalent knowledge (cf. Required Previous Knowledge).

For students with a background other than the Norwegian school system, a level of competence in English corresponding to C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is recommended.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Due to course overlap, a student cannot receive credits for ENG262 in combination with (10 ECTS).

Access to the Course

The course is open to all students admitted to the University of Bergen.

For exchange students: Applicants have to document English language proficiency to access the course. Students should hold a level of C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR). For valid tests, please see uib.no/exchange.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars: up to 24 hours (normally 2 hours per week for 12 weeks).

In the case that fewer than five students register for a course, the organized teaching may be adapted to fit the number of students. If this occurs, students will be informed at the start of the semester, and before the registration deadline 1. February/1. September.

Students are expected to take part in and actively contribute to teaching. This expectation is also the basis for the preparation towards the exam.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students shall hand in a draft of their term paper on minimum 500 words. There will be supervision individually or in groups. Students have the right to supervision in working with the term paper. Supervision is also compulsory and must be completed at least 2 times. Students must submit a draft of their term paper, attend supervision and follow guidelines and meet deadlines set by the Department and the course teacher. Students who fail to meet these requirements may not submit their term paper for assessment.

Compulsory assignments are valid for one semester following the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment

The exam is a supervised term paper of 4500 word (±10%), excluding the bibliography and any attachments, on a topic the student chooses in agreement with the course instructor. Topics for the term paper is presented early in the teaching semester. In the re-sit exam, students who have completed the compulsory supervision in the teaching semester submit their term paper without further supervision..

Obligatory coursework is valid for one semester following the semester of instruction.

In addition there is an oral exam, in which the students are tested on the entire reading list as well as the term paper. The term paper must be approved before the student can take the oral exam. The oral exam is given a separate assessment. The oral can be digital. 

When determining the final grade for the entire course, the grade of the term paper counts two-thirds, while the grade in the oral exam counts one-third. Both parts of the exam must receive a passing grade in order to get a passing grade in total.

The term paper fulfils the demand on an independent piece of research that can be part of a bachelor degree.

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

The exam is marked on the grade scale A-F, where F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

The exam in ENG262 is offered each semester.

The regular exam at the end om the spring semester and the re-sit exam in the middle of the fall semester. In the re-sit exam, students, who have completed the compulsory supervision in the teaching semester submit their term paper without further supervision.

Reading List

The reading list is comprised of a selection of literary texts, non-fiction texts and theoretical texts.

The reading list will be available by 1 December for the Spring Semester.

Course Evaluation

The teaching is evaluated in accordance with the quality control system of the University of Bergen.

Programme Committee

The Programme Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study programme, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.

Course Coordinator

The Programme Board for English

Course Administrator

The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Term paper and oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Term paper

      Submission deadline
      24.09.2021, 13:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Oral examination