Specialization in 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 after 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.

The course may be included in a specialization in history.

More information here: www.uib.no/fag/historie/73572/temaomtale-his116

Learning Outcomes


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


The student is able to problematize, use relevant scholarly terminology, and discuss central historical questions related to the chosen theme. He/she is able to evaluate critically historical presentations in scholarly works and historical sources, and to analyze historical data provided through sources and literature. He/she is able to draw his/her own conclusions on this basis.

General competences:

The student is able to study an extensive research literature, to communicate knowledge and perspectives from this literature, and to reason in writing for his/her own conclusions drawn on this basis.

ECTS Credits


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

In order to take the written examination, the student must have passed a compulsory written paper consisting of maximum 1500 words. The paper must have references to sources and literature used in the papers, and a reference list.

The deadline for submission and guidelines for this compulsory requirement is announced on Mitt UiB in the beginning of the teaching semester.

The passed compulsory requirement is valid for one semester following the teaching semester in which it was passed.

Forms of Assessment
  • Six-hour written examination, maximum 3000 words.
  • Compulsory requirements must be passed and valid in order to take the written examination.

    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
    Assessment Semester
    Autumn. An examination will also be held in the course-free semester (spring). This exam is only open for students with valid compulsory requirements.
    Reading List
    The Department prepares required reading lists consisting of approx. 1200 pages.
    Course Evaluation
    The course unit will be evaluated regularly.
    Examination Support Material
    Programme Committee
    The program board for the Bachelor program in History
    Course Coordinator
    The department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion
    Course Administrator
    The department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion