Bachelor Essay in History
- ECTS credits15
- Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
- Course codeHIS250
- 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 mandatory 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 course encompasses the whole historical period, from the Antiquity to contemporary history. In the autumn semesters, the Department offers themes in Pre-Modern history, before c. 1750, in the spring semesters in Modern history, after c. 1750. 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.
Topics autumn 2020:
1: Tyranner og Tyrannmord
2: A Cultural History of Writing and Reading in Premodern Times
3: Kjetteri og inkvisisjon
4: Klima og samfunn i førmoderne tid/Climate and society in premodern history
5: A History of the Habsburg Empire, 1477-1918
6: Norsk mellomalder frå ca. 700 ¿ 1300
7: Økonomisk historie etter 1750 (undervisningsfritt)
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.
Access to the Course
The course is open to students enrolled at the University of Bergen.
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 adjusting oral examination
- Withdrawal deadline
Exam part: Term paper
- Submission deadline
- 20.11.2020, 13:00
- Examination system
- Digital exam
Exam part: Adjusting oral examination