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Undergraduate course

Major Course in Art History with Bachelor's Thesis

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeKUN259
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian, Scandinavian (English on request)
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Level of Study


Teaching semester

Spring/Autumn, but not regularly

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course is a specialization unit in art history. The theme of the course offered varies. The Major Course provides the student with deeper knowledge and research training in important subjects within the field of art history. The course may focus on (1) a particular art work or artist, (2) a particular genre or artistic medium, (3) art-historical period, (4) artistic tradition or (5) deal with theoretical questions concerning art and art history. The course will develop the ability for critical thinking based upon knowledge on the subjects.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the Major Course the students will:


- Have acquired a thorough knowledge of a specific art historical period or problem.

- have a clear understanding of the basic concepts of the field.


- Document competence in utilizing relevant and appropriate research material

- Be able to work independently and examine their art historical practice in a critical manner.

General competence

- Through the Bachelor thesis the student will have gained practise in working independently with art-historical material.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge


Access to the Course

The course is open to all students with the right to study at UiB

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching will be in the form of lectures, normally 12 (each 90 minutes), or seminars. Individual supervision will also be given in connection with the writing of the Bachelor thesis. If fewer than five students are registered to a course, the department may reduce the teaching; cf. the department¿s guidelines on ¿Mitt UiB¿. In that case, the students will be informed about it at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline for semester registration 1. February/1. September.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students must be present at lectures and seminars 75% of the time.

The bachelor thesis must be handed in for advising twice during the semester. It is mandatory to submit the essay for two tutorials. A list of names and individual times for supervision will be published on Mitt UiB.

Forms of Assessment

Evaluation is based on the supervised Bachelor thesis of 4500-5000 words. The subject of the thesis should relate to the theme of the course offered in the current semester.

Grading Scale

Grading scale A to 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 syllabus is ca 1000 pages. The source literature for the Bachelor¿s thesis is chosen by the student, in consultation with the supervisor, on the basis of the individual topic.

Course Evaluation

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