EXC 2901 Norwegian Culture and History - An Introduction

EXC 2901 Norwegian Culture and History - An Introduction

Course code: 
EXC 2901
Law and Governance
Course coordinator: 
Knut Sogner
Course name in Norwegian: 
Norwegian Culture and History - An Introduction
Product category: 
Bachelor - Electives
2021 Autumn
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Level of study: 
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Course type: 
One semester

The purpose of the course is to give the students an insight into Norwegian history, culture and society with an emphasis on politics, economics and culture from 1814 until today. The course give a broad overview of important dimensions of Norwegian history. Norwegian culture means both an attempt to understand Norwegian approaches to politics and the economy as well as culture in a traditional sense, with in-depth studies of selected topics such as literature, music, architecture and visual art. There will also be excursions to Norwegian heritage sites.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  • Attain a basic familiarity with Norwegian history, culture and society
  • Attain knowledge of the Norwegian democratic tradition in politics and business
  • Appreciate the significance of Norwegian cultural heritage in both national and international contexts
  • General understanding of the history and current state of Norwegian business
Learning outcomes - Skills
  • Ability to analyze the relationship between economic and political development in Norway
  • Ability to give presentations about history, politics and culture
General Competence
  • Develop an awareness and understanding of the principles and institutions of democracy
  • Ability to analyze the ramifications of global developments at the national level
Course content

The course consists of the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • Norwegian History: 800-1814
  • Democracy in practice, 1814-1931
  • A model democracy? 1931-2020
  • Cultural History
  • Field trip
  • Cultural representations
  • Ibsen and modern literature
  • Coastal Norway
  • The egalitarian tradition
  • Norway's oil economy
  • Gender Equality in Norway
  • Wrap up
Teaching and learning activities

The course is based on 36 hours of lectures and a field trip. The teaching will be a combination of lectures, group work, excursions and student presentations. Students are expected to be well prepared for the teaching sessions, as active participation is necessary. Students must give a group representation.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.


Information about what is taught on campus and other digital forms will be presented with the lecture plan before the start of the course each semester.

Required prerequisite knowledge

No particular prerequisites.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationSupport materialsGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
100Yes3 Hour(s)
  • Bilingual dictionary
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Support materials:
  • Bilingual dictionary
Duration:3 Hour(s)
Exam code:EXC29011
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Student workload
36 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
36 Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments
10 Hour(s)
Prepare presentation/paper
Student's own work with learning resources
110 Hour(s)
8 Hour(s)
Exam incl. preparations
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.