HGO4040 - Individual reading list
The individual reading list contains a self-selected syllabus of 700 pages approved by the supervisor. The reading list must be based on the work on the master’s thesis, and, for example, could constitute the building blocks of your chapter on theory. Therefore, it is vital that you start working on the topic of your master’s thesis before selecting your individual reading list. It is a prerequisite that you have established contact with your thesis supervisor before you can enrol for the examination on the reading list you have selected.
- On this course you must work independently to compile an individual reading list directed at what you intend to write about in your master’s thesis.
- Your supervisor can give you advice while you are compiling the final list, but you must select the literature yourself.
- You will receive training in searching databases such as Oria, selecting literature that is considered relevant for your research project, and comparing various forms of literature in relation to the master’s thesis you will later write.
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This course is not available for single course students.
Admission to the course is dependent on admission to the master’s degree programme in Human Geography.
Recommended previous knowledge
HGO4011 - Philosophy and methodology of human geography and at least one course on theory.
- 10 credits overlap with SGO4040 - Individual reading list
- 10 credits overlap with SGO341
- 10 credits overlap with SGO342
- There is no regular teaching for this course, but the supervisor must approve the reading list well before the examination is distributed.
- You must deliver the approved reading list within the stated deadlines, normally two weeks prior to the examination. If you do not comply with this requirement, you will not be allowed to sit the examination. The completed and approved compulsory activity will be valid for the entire period the course is offered.
- The reading list must not include literature on which the student has based previous written assignments or which has been part of the student’s curriculum earlier.
- Two copies of the reading list must be submitted together with three copies of the examination question paper when submitting your answer. The grading commission receives both the examination paper and the reading list for information.
- On this course, supervision is given only on formulating the individual reading list. No supervision is given on writing the assignment, i.e. the answer paper.
The examination consists of a 14-day take home exam. The exam question is handed out at 10 am on the day of the exam and must be submitted 14 days later at 2 pm.
The answer must be between 18 and 20 pages, including notes, but excluding references. The Times (Roman) 12 font must be used with 1.5 spacing.
Two copies of the reading list must be submitted together with three copies of the examination question paper when submitting your answer.
Students can contact their supervisor by email if the wording of the examination paper is unclear.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.
The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.
The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.
Ask for explanation of your grade in this course:
- home exam
Resit an examination
If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.
See also our information about resitting an exam.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.