Level of Study
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
This course prepares students for writing a master's thesis in English Literature and Culture by introducing students to the basics of research methods within literary studies. This includes finding and evaluating source material, best practices for argumentative and critical writing, research and writing ethics, incorporating theory and methodologies, developing a thesis topic and argument, and writing a final thesis proposal.
Upon successful completion of the course:
- will have the knowledge of key methods and practices involved in the writing of the master thesis
- will know how to examine and evaluate basic prerequisites, ideals and conditions of literary research
- will know how to plan a larger research project and perform in-depth research for it
Required Previous Knowledge
Bachelor degree with a specialization in English, or the equivalent.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
The course is open to students in the master's programme in English and the master¿s programme in Foreign Language Teacher Education at the University of Bergen.
Teaching and learning methods
Seminars: up to 16 hours in total.
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.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Attendance is obligatory for at least 6 seminars, including obligatory attendance at the final proposal presentation workshop (the last seminar). Students enrolled in the Master's Programme in English who wish to submit a thesis in English literature and culture must take this course. This course is not obligatory for students enrolled in the Master's Programme in Foreign Language Teacher Education.
Compulsory assignments are valid for one semester following the semester of instruction.
Forms of Assessment
Course assessment consists of a portfolio of work. The portforlio must contain final versions of four assignments, one of which is the final thesis proposal.
Examination Support Material
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. All of the four portfolio assignments have to be approved in order to pass the exam.
Course assessment in ENG340 is offered in the Spring and Autumn semesters.
The reading list comprises secondary material on literary theory, methods, and research skills necessary for completing a master's level project. In addition to the works on the reading list, the student must identify and consult the primary and secondary literature pertaining to their development of a master's thesis topic.
The reading list will be available by 1 December for the Spring semester.
The course will be evaluated in accordance with the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.
The Programme Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study program, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.
Programme Board for English
The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.
Type of assessment: Portfolio assessment
- Submission deadline
- 24.09.2021, 13:00
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam