Specialization in Pre-Modern History

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course aims at providing students with a specialization in relevant historical themes in the period from the Antiquity to c. 1750. The Department usually provides teaching in one or several such themes, depending on available resources. Students choose one theme (per course). The themes may vary according to available teaching resources and research interests. The Department announces the themes that are offered before the start of the semester.

Read the theme descriptions here: www.uib.no/fag/historie/76927/temaomtale-his113

The course may be included in a specialization in history.

Learning Outcomes


After successful completion of the course, the student has good knowledge of and is familiar with central theories and debates within the chosen theme. The student is also familiar with central historical methods and methodical aspects of historical research.


The student is able to discuss central historical questions related to the chosen theme, and to evaluate critically historical presentations in scholarly works and student texts. The student will, through several written texts, demonstrate his/her ability to analyze historical data provided through sources and literature, and is able to draw his/her own conclusions on this basis.

General competences:

The students will demonstrate their ability to academic argumentation and documentation through written texts. Their ability to academic communication will be demonstrated through the exchange of written responses with fellow students.

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Good command of English
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
The course is open to students enrolled at the University of Bergen
Teaching and learning methods
Approximately twelve lectures.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment

Portfolio assessment.

The language of instruction can vary depending on the different themes in the course. The exam assignment will follow the language of instruction in the specific theme. The exam can be submitted in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading Scale
Grades will be set using a scale of A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade. Grade F is a fail.
Reading List
The Department prepares a required reading list consisting of approx. 1200 pages.
Course Evaluation
The course unit will be evaluated regularly.
Examination Support Material