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Undergraduate course

The Arts in Antiquity and the Middle Age

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeKUN251
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
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Objectives and Content

The course provides thematic-historical specialisation in ancient and/or medieval art history/cultural history. The specialisation is not limited to the modern fine arts (architecture, sculpture, painting), but also integrates the premodern meaning of ars/tekhne spanning from crafts (artes mechanicae) to theoretical disiplines (artes liberales). The main target of the course is to situate concrete examples of the arts in this meaning in broad cultural historical contexts. Focus will primarilly be on arts that, either empirically or theoretically, relate to premodern visual culture. The bachelor thesis can deal with artworks, architectural monuments, and visual as well as material culture or a theoretical problem in visual thinking (optics), practices of knowledge, different forms of use of visual and material culture (devotional practice, cultural memory) or the culture of vision in ancient and/or medival times.

The thematic-historical focus of the course will vary somewhat from term to term. An announcement regarding the subject will be made on ¿My page¿ at the beginning of each term.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will have:


- a specialisation in ancient and/or medieval art history/cultural history.

- advanced knowledge on research traditions within the specialisation subject.

- qualifications for further advanced studies within the specialisation in premodern art history.


- training in critical approach to premodern art history.

- ability to critical formulation in a scholarly language within the specialisation subject as well as in premodern art history in general.

General competence:

- insight into ethical problems associated with research on premodern art history.

- ability to undertake oral and written presentations of research issues in premodern art history.

- ability to exchange scholarly views on premodern art history.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Reccomended 60 credits introductory level art history courses.

Teaching and learning methods

Theaching consists of lectures (normally 12-14) and tutorials.

If less than five students are registered to a course, the department might reduce the teaching, please see the department's guidelines regarding this on Mitt UIB. Regarding a course where this is a possibility the students get information about this at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline regarding semester registration 1.February/1.September.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Individual supervision of bachelor thesis.

Compulsory participation in lectures and tutorials (75 %).

Compulsory essays and presentations in connection with tutorials.

In the fall semester 2020, the requirement "Compulsory participation in lectures and tutorials (75 %) will not apply due to the corona situation.

Forms of Assessment

Bachelor thesis (3500-5000 words).

Grading Scale

Grade scale A-F.

Assessment Semester

Spring or Autumn, but not regularly. There is also assessment early in the following semester for students with approved compulsory assignments given the course was held in the previous semester.

Reading List

Reading list will be posted before 01.06/01.12 for the upcoming term.

Course Evaluation

Evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.