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HIS2313 – The Social and Economic History of Modern Norway

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Course content

At the close of the 19th century Norway was one of the poorest countries in Western Europe, with one of Europe’s highest emigration rates and significant social problems. Ten years later a forty year period of high economic growth began, and the economy accelerated again in the 1970s as the oil economy emerged and took Norway to third place in the world, in terms of GNP per capita.

How did this happen? The answer lies in the exploitation of natural resources, the active diffusion of foreign technology, and significant state ownership and intervention. The theme provides an overview of Norwegian modern economic development, including advances within the traditional sectors of fishing, forestry and shipping; the emergence and changing nature of modern industry and enterprise structure; agriculture (and its links with industry); the growth of the service sector and the oil economy.

Courses which are particularly well suited complements to this course are:

Learning outcome

Students are expected to know the main trends in the economic development of Norway during the period and be able to discuss this in the context of international developments. Students must be able to utilise central concepts and be familiar with the current debates in the field. Students should master critical reading, independent thought and academic writing, and be able to express his or her knowledge both orally and in writing.


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.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

General university entrance requirements.

Recommended previous knowledge

A good ability to read and understand English is required for this course.

30 study points from either HF- or SV-faculty.


This course is taught by seminars (24 h).

Note! Your attendance at the first seminar is obligatory. If you fail to turn up, you will loose your place in the course.

Students must complete a term paper, using Classfronter. Students first write a draft, and must hand it in at a time and date to be specified. Your teacher will read and comment on the essay, whereupon you will write a final draft and hand it in before the set deadline. The paper should be no longer than 6 pages.

All students must present a short paper (1 page), on a topic relating to historical sources (to be specified by the teacher). The paper must be submitted in Classfronter.

Students must also complete a shorter paper: you will be given a writing assignment which must be completed within three hours. The assignement must be submitted in Classfronter. Maximum length is 3 pages.

The dates and deadlines for all of the assignements can be found in the course Teaching schedule.
Please note that the use of inter-net is an obligatory part of this course, and that all students must use Classfronter

Accepted compulsory activity/assignment is valid the two following semesters during which the course is taught. Exceptions may occur if the form of evaluation alters, if the tuition plan alters significantly, or other substantial adjustments are made.

In spring 2006 the taught part of this course will take place during a short period, with two hours seminars twice a week (12 seminars). The seminar series will be discontinued for one week, when there is a reading week. Please see the Teaching schedule for further information.


is course is examined by the contents of a ’folder’. In this folder must be included:

• A term paper: no longer than 6 pages.

• Historical sources presentation (max. 1 page)

• A time-limited writing assignement max. 3 pages)

All of this must be handed in by using Classfronter.

The examination of this course is integrated in the teaching of the course and it is therefore not possible to sit the examination other than by being admitted to the course.

Grading scale

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.

After the examination result is announced, there will be possible to have an explanation of grades from the examiner. At oral examinations or assessments of practical skills, a request for such an explanation must be made immediately on notification of the mark. Requests for explanations of other assessments must be submitted within one week after the candidate learns of the mark. This request must be made by sending an e-mail to: The explanation will be given either in writing or oral, this will be decided by the examiner. Please inform of your phone number, e-mail address where you can be contacted as well as your candidate number.

Explanations and appeals

Please note that the student must state the reasons for the complaint and it will be sent, along with a written explanation of the grade from the examiner, to the Appeals Committee.

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.

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