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Undergraduate course

Architecture and Heritage with Bachelor's Thesis

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeKUN255
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian or English
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Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course is a specialization within art history. It concentrates on main issues from the development of cities and places, architectural history, and architectural theory and practice . The role of architecture in an extended context of society, as problems connected to the management and protection of recent architectural heritage, will also be focused on.

The course should give the student knowledge of architecture in a local, regional, and international perspectives, as well as knowledge of heritage-related challenges.

Through work on specific examples, the course will deal with issues that will qualify the student for positions within museums, public mangement and teaching. The course is very well suited for combinations with other aesthetical and cultural disciplines. The course is also useful for architectural students.

Learning Outcomes


The candidate

- has knowledge of central principles within the discipline of the preservation of architecture and cultural monuments, as well as updated knowledge of current practices.

- has a broad understanding of developments concerning the protection and conservation of architectural heritage and more recent architecture, in addition to knowledge concerning how international principles relating to this have developed through consensus.

- is familiar with diverse questions related to the subject, and can assess architecture as part of a historic and environmental entirety.

- is aware of sources necessary to update knowledge.


The Candidate

- Can conduct documentation as well as analysis of architectural objects, and determine the heritage value of objects and environments of buildings.

- Can evaluate objects of architecture as part of a historic and environmental totality, on the basis of knowledge of architectural theory and practice of recent times.

- Can argue for the benefit of protection of architectural objects, if relevant, on the basis of recent heritage theory and practice, as well as principles of material protection of cultural heritage today.

General compentence

The Candidate

- is able to provide documentation based on available sources, and give an account of, and conduct surveys of current objects of preservation.

- has relevant up to date knowledge of the discipline, and can communicate this in writing, orally, and through other media.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Courses on KUN100 level.

Access to the Course

The course is open for all students with the right to study at the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching is given through lectures (normally 12-14 double lectures of 2 x 45 minutes). If the resources permit it, some of this will be given as an excursion.

If less then 5 students register for a course, the department may give reduced amount of lectures, ref. the department's guide lines given in Mitt UiB. If this should be the case, the students will get information by the start of the semester, and in due time for the semester's registration deadlines on February 1st/September 1st.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Attendance at min. 75 % of the lectures. It is mandatory to present sketches of the bachelor thesis for supervision twice during the semester, by submission into the Learning Folder at Mitt UiB within fixed deadlines. The deadlines will be published on Mitt UiB. The first supervision will take place in an open seminar where each student present his/her project, while the second is an individual tuition. The programme for the seminar and a list of names and individual meeting times for supervision will be published on Mitt UiB one of the first days following the submission of the papers. It is mandatory to attend the supervision seminar and the individual tuition.

Forms of Assessment

The exam is a supervised written thesis within the theme of the course the current semester. A given reading list is the basis for work with the thesis, but the student may conduct field work and use individual, chosen sources in addition to this. The final thesis shall consist of 4500-5000 words.

Grading 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

The reading list consist of about 1000 pages.

Course Evaluation

Evaluation of the the course and the teaching is conducted according to the quality standards of the University of Bergen.