Undergraduate course

Specialization in French Literature

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Learning Outcomes

After completing the course the candidates will

  • have insight into the chosen literary works
  • have knowledge about the cultural and historical context of the chosen works
  • have knowledge about the central literary techniques and their use in narrative
  • be able to use the aquired techniques i independent analysis of the works on the reading list
  • be able to analyse the texts in a thematic, cultural and historical perspective
  • be able to discuss orally and in writing questions related to the reading list
  • be able to communicate knowledge related to the subject area in French, both orally and in writing
  • be able to plan and conduct tasks that have a longer time frame
  • be able to further develop their knowledge and competence, as well as the understanding of French literature, through further study and employment

Required Previous Knowledge

Students must have oral and written proficiency in French at an intermediate level.

Access to the Course

The course is open to all with admission to the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars and supervision.

3 hours per week.

About 12 weeks.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of the lectures/seminars in order to attend examination in the course.

At least four weeks before the exame date, the students must receive approval for an oral presentation (about 15 minutes) related to the reading list. The students develop the presentation in cooperation with the teacher. The manuscript for the presentation must be turned in at the same time as the presentation is given.

In connection with the semester paper, there must be at least one meeting between the student and the teacher.

The compulsory requirements are valid for one semester following the semester the course was offered.

Requirements concerning the oral presentation and attendance must be met and approved during the semester of instruction. However, the semester paper will be supervised by the teacher also in semesters when no teaching is given.

Forms of Assessment

The exam is a semester paper of about 4000 word and written during the last four weeks of the semester. The paper is written in French.

At the end of the semester there is an oral exam related to the literary works on the reading list. The oral exam will also test the proficiency in French of the candidate.

The oral exam and the semester paper each count 50 percent of the total grade. Both parts must be passed in the same semester.

Grading Scale

The grading scale A-F is used, where F is a fail.

Reading List

The reading list consists of five novels in addition to an introduction to literary theory. You have to read one or two representative novels from each of the last four centuries. As background material, you also have to read history of literature relevant for the novels. You also have to read an introduction to literary theory related to the aim of the course.

In cooperation with the teacher you may switch one of the novels with another from the same century and of the same scope and degree of difficulty.

Any changes to the reading list will be announced at the beginning og the semester.

Course Evaluation

The teaching is evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Term paper and oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Term paper

      Submission deadline
      11.06.2018, 13:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Oral examination

      Exam period