Old Norse Special Course
Level of Study
Spring and Fall
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
NOFI210 consists of a specialized topic from Old Norse philology. This topic could be about language or literature, or a combination of these two. The topics will change from semester to semester, and the required prerequisites may vary. The lecturer will provide the necessary information about this.
The aim of this course is to offer the students a possibility to specialize in an Old Norse topic throughout a whole semester. In this sense, the course is a continuation from one or several of the NOFI-100 courses. Students that have completed NOSP103, or other courses in Nordic science, may also be qualified to attend NOFI210.
Course description for fall 2021:
This course will provide an introduction to one of the most interesting times in medieval literary production of Scandinavia, the first half of the thirteenth century. Under the influential king Hákon Hákonarson (1204¿1263), Norway reached an international level of recognition. The course will give the participants an overview of a number of Old Norse genres that were written during his time of reign, or that tell about it. In the course, the following texts will be read: The kings¿ saga Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar, the chivalric Erex saga, the education text Konungs skuggsjá, and part of the western Norwegian Gulaþingsl¿g eldri. Based on theoretical approaches from genre theories and textual criticism, the course is intended to examine some of the oldest (cultural) historical, literary and political aspects of the Norwegian Middle Ages.
The course is aimed at both bachelor's and master's students, and several course codes may be included. These have in common that the students must write a home assignment: in NOFI 250 a bachelor thesis, in NOFI210 and NOFI300 a semester assignment, and in NOFI 302 a home exam. In NOFI 303 there is a presentation (20-25 minutes) of a professional topic on the course. The topic is agreed with the subject teacher, who also approves the presentation. Compulsory attendance of at least 75% of the teaching is removed due to the corona situation. Instead, students must submit four short texts on academic topics on the course. Each task should be approx. 500 words.
After successfully completing this course, students will have:
- Attained a broad introduction to a topic from Old Norse philology, where the use and understanding of primary and secondary sources central to the topic are emphasized.
- A clear understanding of the specific topic of the course.
- A clear understanding of how to disseminate an Old Norse topic both in writing and orally.
- The ability to discuss and analyse a subject matter within the field of Old Norse.
- The ability to consciously choose and make use of a primary text.
- The ability to search for and gather necessary secondary literature.
- The ability to cite sources in a clear and correct manner, by using a standard citation style and bibliography.
- The ability to organize an academic inquiry in a well-written paper.
- The ability to express themselves clearly, with correct terminology and in a well-structured manner, about an academic subject, both in writing and orally.
- The ability to read literature related to the discipline in English and in the Scandinavian languages, and will also have practiced reading relevant texts in other languages.
- The ability to discuss matters of medieval philology and state their own point of view.
- The ability to continue to seek further competence and specialization independently.
Required Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
NOFI210 overlaps completely with the previously taught course NOFI211. If both courses are to earn credit in a B.A. degree, one of them must be taken as a B.A. thesis. Furthermore, it is the case that NOFI210, NOFI250 and the previously taught course NOFI211 concern topics that change from semester to semester. In the event that the topic for two courses is partly the same, the student who wishes to take both must agree a special syllabus with the lecturer, so that there is an adequate divide between the two courses that will both give credit for the B.A. degree.
Teaching and learning methods
Seminars: approximately 2 hours a week for 12 weeks.
A total of 24 hours. Those who choose the term paper will get additional supervision from the lecturer.
Teaching on the 200-level will to a large degree be organised as a seminar with active participation by the students. It is therefore expected that they carry out the assignments (written and/or oral) that will be set as a part of the teaching.
The teaching in NOFI210 will normally coincide with that of NOFI250 and the Old Norse philology courses at 300-level. In such cases, consideration will be taken of students¿ individual needs on the different courses.
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 will get information about this at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline regarding semester registration 1st February/1st September.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
1) Obligatory attendance at at least 75% of the scheduled lectures.
2) The students must give a short presentation (10-15 minutes) on a topic related to the course. The topic will be agreed with the lecturer, who will also approve the presentation.
3) If the student, in consultation with the lecturer, sets up an alternative syllabus to the standard one, the student must hand in and have the syllabus list approved within the advertised deadline.
4) For students who choose the term paper:
a) Supervision from the lecturer is obligatory. The student is responsible for seeking supervision from lecturer and for attending the scheduled meetings.
b) The topic of the paper must be approved at least five weeks prior to the final deadline.
c) A first version of the paper must be submitted three weeks prior to the final deadline.
The compulsory requirements are valid for the given semester and the following semester
In the fall semester 2021, the attendance requirement will not apply due to the corona situation. In order to take the exam, students are instead required to hand in four short assignments (approx. 500 words).
Forms of Assessment
Supervised term paper and an adjusting oral examination.
The supervised term paper consists of a topic chosen in consultation with the lecturer. The expected length of the term paper will be 13-17 pages (26 000-34 000 characters incl. spaces), not counting the list of works cited and appendices. The term paper shall be submitted according to the guidelines given on Mitt UiB.
It is permitted to write in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, English or German.
The adjusting oral examination will be an examination of the topic of the term paper and of the syllabus of the course. The oral examination can adjust the final grade of the term paper by one grade, either up or down.
It is permitted to speak Norwegian, Danish, Swedish or English during the oral exam. It will be taken into consideration that international students might need extra time in order to formulate their answers fully. No examination support material is permitted at the oral examination.
If the student fails the term paper, he or she will not be permitted to take the oral examination.
It is not permitted to use the term paper again in a later semester.
The oral exam will be held digitally, as a measure to prevent transmission of the corona virus.
Grade scale A-F.
The syllabus of NOFI210 will consist of 1000 pages of normal difficulty (`weighted pages¿). Texts in the original, in translation, and different types of secondary literature are weighted differently according to their difficulty.
For each course there will be a suggested syllabus. There is the opportunity to change parts of the literature on the syllabus in consultation with the lecturer. In this case, the candidate must contact the course lecturer as soon as possible, and hand in and have the syllabus list approved within the advertised deadline.
Evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.
Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies.
Type of assessment: Term paper and adjusting oral examination
- Withdrawal deadline
Exam part: Term paper
- Submission deadline
- 26.11.2021, 13:00
- Examination system
- Digital exam
Exam part: Adjusting oral examination