Undergraduate course

Scandinavian Literature - 20th and 21st Century Scandinavian Area Studies

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course provides an introduction to Scandinavian literature and literary history from 1900 to the present. The student is introduced to representative works as well as to important literary developments, particularly in the genres of poetry and the novel. Emphasis is placed on the interaction between intellectual, social and political developments. The course covers works by both classical Norwegian, Swedish and Danish authors (for example Sigrid Undset, Knut Hamsun and Karen Blixen) and contemporary writers (for example Dag Solstad, Helle Helle and Karl Ove Knausgaard). Authors from Finland or Iceland might also be included.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme the candidate should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate will have a thorough knowledge of 20th and 21st century Scandinavian cultural and intellectual trends, of Scandinavian literary history, as well as an understanding of important authorships and representative literary works.


The candidate will be able to discuss central literary developments and be able to analyze and to write about central works in 20th and 21st century Scandinavian literature.

General competence

The candidate will have a broad knowledge of 20th and 21st century cultural and literary history and of important writers and individual works.

Required Previous Knowledge

The course requires spoken and written proficiency in English.

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Access to the Course

The course is open to exchange students and other students with upper secondary education from outside Norway with admission to the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

One lecture per week. Total of 12-14 lectures.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

7-day home exam (2/3) and oral examination (1/3).

Grading Scale


Reading List


Course Evaluation

Courses are evaluated regularly in accordance with the University of Bergen´s quality assurance system.


Contact Information

Department of Linguistic, Literary, and Aesthetic Studies.

E-mail: advice@lle.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Take-home examination and oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Take-home examination

      Assignment handed out
      07.05.2020, 13:00
      Submission deadline
      14.05.2020, 13:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Oral examination

      Exam period