Bachelor Essay in the History of the Middle East
- ECTS credits15
- Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
- Course codeHIM250
- Number of semesters1
- LanguageThe course is usually given in Norwegian, but can offer themes in English in specific semesters. See the theme overview http://www.uib.no/en/discipline/history/84819/theme-descriptions-history to see if there is an English theme offered this semester.
Level of Study
Spring and autumn
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The course is a part of the program option History of the Middle East, and constitutes the mandatory bachelor essay in a specialization in history.
The course will provide students with a deeper insight in historical method and research through the writing of an original historical paper, the bachelor essay. The students choose one of the varying themes that are taught at the Department in the semester. The themes may change according to available teaching resources and research interests. The Department announces the themes that are offered before the start of the semester.
After successful completion of the course, the student has good knowledge of, and is familiar with the historiography and central theories about, the topic of the bachelor essay.
The student demonstrates an original ability to develop, delineate and formulate fruitful historical research questions related to the theme. The student demonstrates the ability to survey research literature and eventually also original source material of relevance for the theme. The bachelor essay demonstrates the ability of the student to analyze research literature/sources, to position the literature in a relevant historiographical field, and to draw his/her own conclusions based on this.
The student has basic competence in developing and executing a longer, written original research paper. The ability of the student to participate in academic communication will be demonstrated through the exchange of written responses with fellow students. The bachelor essay demonstrates the student¿s ability to original academic reasoning, synthetizing and documentation.
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Good command of English.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
The reading list for this course must not overlap with courses taken by the student on 100 or 200 levels.
Access to the Course
The course is open to students enrolled at the University of Bergen.
Teaching and learning methods
The teaching is based on lectures, seminars/collective tutoring and individual tutoring. The student mainly works with the construction of a longer research paper, and comments drafts with fellow students. The Department decides which drafts are commented, and the schedule for the comments.
A course in practical method is normally offered each semester as a preparation for the bachelor essay. The Department designates a tutor to each student. The tutoring follows guidelines set by the Department.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
The course has four compulsory requirements:
- The students are required to meet (contact) their designated tutor prior to the submission of project draft, cf. below (2.).
- Project draft. The draft consists of a presentation of the theme, a preliminary disposition and a discussion of relevant research literature. This draft serves as the basis for tutoring.
- Essay drafts that are responded on by tutor and fellow students.
- Written responses to essay drafts by fellow students. Constructive criticism and original, well thought-out responses are emphasized.
All four requirements must be passed before the essay can be submitted for assessment. All compulsory requirements must be passed in the same semester. Passed compulsory requirements are valid for two semesters.
Deadlines for the submission of compulsory requirements are announced at Mitt UiB in the beginning of the semester.
Forms of Assessment
The assessment consists of a tutored paper (the bachelor essay) and an oral examination.
The bachelor essay must consist of approx. 5000 words and not exceed 6000 words.
The bachelor essay will be graded using a scale from A to F.
The oral examination may adjust the grade of the bachelor essay with a maximum of one grade letter.
Grades will be set using a scale of A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade. Grade F is a fail.
The student selects a syllabus of c. 1200 pages. The tutor must approve the syllabus.
The course unit will be evaluated regularly
Type of assessment: Term paper and oral examination
- Withdrawal deadline
Exam part: Term paper
- Submission deadline
- 15.05.2020, 13:00
- Examination system
- Digital exam
Exam part: Adjusting oral examination