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Specialization in Modern History

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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 after 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

Topics spring 2021:

Topic 1: Mikropsykiatrihistorie: Vold og sinnssykdom på 1800-tallet

Topic 2: Jewish migrations: Sex, Gender and Identity (1880-1939)

More information here: tlt;a href="https://www.uib.no/fag/historie/73564/temaomtale-his115">

Learning Outcomes


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


The student is able to discuss central historical questions related to the chosen theme, and to evaluate critically historical presentations in scholarly works and student texts. The student will, through several written texts, demonstrate his/her ability to analyze historical data provided through sources and literature, and is able to draw his/her own conclusions on this basis.

General competences:

The students will demonstrate their ability to academic argumentation and documentation through written texts. Their ability to academic communication will be demonstrated through the exchange of written responses with fellow students.

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 and written tutoring on student texts (cf. compulsory requirements).

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The students must hand in two written, tutored papers during the teaching semester, consisting of approx. 1500-2000 words. The character, extent and succession of the two papers is following:

The papers must have references to sources and literature used in the papers, and a reference list.

The deadline for submission of the papers is announced on Mitt UiB in the beginning of the teaching semester.

Passed compulsory requirements are valid in the teaching semester and the following semester.

Forms of Assessment

The assessment consists of a 7-day take-home examination and a 2-hour written examination.

The take-home examination paper must consist of 1500-2000 words. The examination question and the examination paper will be handed out and in electronically.

The take-home examination counts for 70 %, the written examination counts for 30 % of final grade.

The take-home examination must be taken in the teaching semester. The written examination should be taken in the teaching semester, but the student may take the written examination in the following semester, if the take-home examination is passed.

In the autumn of 2021, the 2-hour written examination will be conducted from home as a measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Students are given 1 hour of additional technical time, and will have a total of 3 hours to design the answer.

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 a required reading list consisting of approx. 1200 pages.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated regularly.

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: Take-home examination and written examination at home

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Written examination at home

      12.10.2021, 09:00
      2.5 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam