Norwegian Culture and History - Scandinavian Area Studies

Undergraduate course

Course description

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 primarily intended for exchange students. It can not be included as a specialization course within a Norwegian bachelors degree, only as an independent course.

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.

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

University of Bergen
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.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
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
7 days take home exam, a paper of up to 1500 words
Grading Scale
Grades will be set using a scale of A to F.
Assessment Semester
Autumn. Examination will also be held in the course-free term (spring) for students having passed the compulsory requirement.
Reading List
The required reading list consists of approx. 1200 pages. All litterature is in English.
Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated regularly
Examination Support Material
Programme Committee
Department of Archaeology, History, Culture Studies and Religion
Course Coordinator
Course Administrator
Department of Archaeology, History, Culture Studies and Religion