ARK4020 – Research Themes in Mediterranean Archaeology

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Course content

The course explores various research themes within Mediterranean archaeology with an emphasis on method and theory and how these can be applied, not only within the field of archaeology but also in related disciplines.


Learning outcome

The course aims to expand the students’ knowledge of Mediterranean art, and culture and to develop a critical stance towards the application of theories and Methods.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

The course is open to all students on the master level at The Faculty of Humanities, but students from the programmes Arkeologi og konservering (master - to år) and Kunsthistorie og visuelle studier (master - to år) will be prioritized.

Also open to foreign students with the right prerequisites.

Maximum 20 students.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor degree in archaeology with minimum 10 ects credits in classical archaeology. The course is based on the BA-Level course ARK2021-Klassisk arkeologi


The teaching consists of 5 two-hour lectures and 3 two-hour seminars. Presentation of the draft for the term paper, and commenting another student's presentation will be part of the seminars. This is an obligatory qualification assignment in the course.  

The course use Canvas and student-email.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Term paper : The term paper is assessed as pass or fail. A draft of the term paper is to be presented in the seminars. The assessment will only be based on the written work.  

Submission: The term paper is to be submitted in Inspera, and the format must be PDF. Your candidate number (found in student web) should be on every page as top text.The font should be Times New Roman or similar, size 12, and 1,5 Space. There should be about 2300 characters without Spaces per page, and the page Count should be about 8-10 pages (about 18 400 - 23 000 characters without Spaces). 

It is the student's responsibility to hand in a readable document within the deadline. If there should be any technical problems during the submission, contact the department as soon as possible.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

The exam results will be available in studentweb within Three weeks after the exam date (not counting national holidays).

Explanations and appeals

The deadline for asking for explanations for the grades is one week after the results has been made available in studentweb. Explanations will normally be given within Three weeks after the reults are ready, but in cases of summer or Christmas vacations, it can take longer.

Resit an examination

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.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


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