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Undergraduate course

Norwegian Culture and History - Scandinavian Area Studies

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeSAS13
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish.
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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. In the course we also discuss the relationship between historical experiences and the present 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

Students are required to submit a paper of 1500 words. After the submission, the students will receive a brief comment on their paper.

Forms of Assessment

This course uses the following forms of assessment:

  • 7 days take home exam, a paper of 1500 words

The exam may be written in English or in Norwegian. Examination will also be held in the course-free term (spring) for students having passed the compulsory requirement.

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.


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