Undergraduate course

Norwegian Culture and History - Scandinavian Area Studies

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeSAS13
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish.
  • Resources

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction

University of Bergen

Objectives and Content

This course will give a brief outline of the main aspects of Norwegian culture and history from the Viking age until today, with a particular focus on the democratic, social and economical developments in Norway since 1814. The course also seeks to establish the relationship between historical experiences and present society by exploring contemporary cultural conceptions and representations of "Norwegianness".

 Methodology and historiography are integrated parts of the course. It is designed for non-Norwegian students and can not be used as a component in a Norwegian University degree.

The aim of this course is to give students insight into Norwegian culture and history from the Viking age until today.

Learning Outcomes


The student will achieve basic insight in Norwegian history and culture.


The student will have qualifications to discuss historical phenomena and cultural issues and draw own conclusions based on his/her analysis.


The student is able to present historical knowledge and cultural views and argue for own conclusions in written form.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

The student must be able to document at least one passed university examination in order to obtain admission to this course.

Access to the Course

The course is open for students at the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching is given in English. Normally 2 hrs a week, for a duration of 10 weeks.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

Form of assessment: Portfolio assessment. The portfolio consists of three written papers, each of 1500 words. The papers are to be submitted on Mitt UiB at given deadlines during the semester. Information about deadlines will be given on Mitt UiB. After each submission, students will receive a brief comment on their paper. The students have the possibility to submit a revised version of the papers at the end of the semester (the portfolio). The three papers in the portfolio will be assessed equally, and the portfolio will be given a final grade. The whole portfolio must be completed in the semester the course is offered (autumn). The portfolio may be written in English or in Norwegian.

Grading Scale

Grades will be set using a scale of A to F.

Reading List

The required reading list consists of approx. 1200 pages. All litterature is in English.


Contact Information

Departement of Archaeology, History, Culture studies and Religion (AHKR), Faculty of humanities, UiB.