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Undergraduate course

Specialization in Pre-Modern History

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course aims at providing students with a specialization in relevant historical themes in the period from the Antiquity to c. 1750. The Department usually provides teaching in one or several such themes, depending on available resources. Students choose one theme (per course). The themes may vary according to available teaching resources and research interests. The Department announces the themes that are offered before the start of the semester.

The course may be included in a specialization in history.

The following topics will be offered for the autumn semester 2020:

Topic 3: Kjetteri og inkvisisjon

Topic 4: Klima og samfunn i førmoderne tid/Climate and society in premodern history

Topic 5: A History of the Habsburg Empire, 1477-1918

Topic 6: Norsk mellomalder frå ca. 700 ¿ 1300

Learning Outcomes


After successful completion of the course, the student has good knowledge on and is familiar with central perspectives, explanations and theories within the theme. The student is also familiar with central historical methods and methodical aspects of historical research.


The student is able to problematize, use relevant scholarly terminology, and discuss central historical questions related to the chosen theme. He/she is able to evaluate critically historical presentations in scholarly works and historical sources, and to analyze historical data provided through sources and literature. He/she is able to draw his/her own conclusions on this basis.

General competences:

The student is able to study an extensive research literature, to communicate knowledge and perspectives from this literature, and to reason in writing for his/her own conclusions drawn on this basis.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Good command of English

Access to the Course

The course is open to students enrolled at the University of Bergen

Teaching and learning methods

Approximately twelve lectures.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

In order to take the written examination, the student must have passed a compulsory written paper. The extent, deadline for submission and guidelines for this compulsory requirement is announced on Mitt UiB in the beginning of the teaching semester.

The passed compulsory requirement is valid for one semester following the teaching semester in which it was passed.

Forms of Assessment

Six-hour written examination.

Compulsory requirements must be passed and valid in order to take the written examination.

An examination will also be held in the course-free semester (spring). This exam is only open for students with valid compulsory requirements.

Grading Scale

Grades will be set using a scale of A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade. Grade F is a fail.

Reading List

The Department prepares required reading lists consisting of approx. 1200 pages.

Course Evaluation

The course unit will be evaluated regularly.


Contact Information


Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination at home

    24.11.2020, 09:00
    7 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam