This course is discontinued

MAS3620 – Norwegian Viking Ships: Ship-building Techniques, Art and History

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Course content

A survey of Norwegian Viking ships found in Scandinavia and other European countries. The development of nautical technology. Ship sites and types of site. The origin and use of such sites. A survey of artefacts and art works found at the sites.

Learning outcome

To increase the student's awareness of how a ship-find helps to address issues in History and Cultural History, including understanding the mindset of the Viking times. To increase the student's awareness of similarities and differences within Scandinavia, and the relationships between Scandinavia and the rest of Europe.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

MAS1620 Medieval Art and Archeaology

Recommended previous knowledge

The course builds on the Medieval Studies programme's introductory course MAS1620 Medieval Art and Archaeology. It is recommended that the student have knowledge roughly on a par with ARK1000 Introduction to Archaeology or ARK1030 Iron Age and Medieval Archaeology in Northern Europe.

Overlapping courses

This course can be taken as a part of the following course-groups:

40-group - Medieval Archaeology and Arthistory 40-group – Middelalderens arkeologi og kunsthistorie (40MIDARKKUN) (discontinued)

40-group - Medieval Cultural History and Archaeology 40-group – Middelalderens kulturhistorie og arkeologi (40MIDKULTARK) (discontinued)

80-group - Specialisation in Medieval Archaeology and Arthistory 80-group – Fordypning i middelalderensarkeologi og kunsthistorie (80MIDARKKUN) (discontinued).


The course is running through the whole semester. Teaching will be a mixture of lectures, seminars, working in groups, and visits to museums and special collections. The course is structured into three 5-week blocks. Each block begins with 2 weeks of lectures (of 2 to 4 teaching periods per week), followed by 2 weeks of personal study and assignment writing, followed by 1 week in which assignments are presented and discussed in whole-group sessions.


Students will submit 3 assignments, one from each block of the course. Each assignment will be around 5 pages in length (where a page is reckoned to hold 2300 characters without spacing) and will be assessed by the course teachers. Assignments may be given as individual or group tasks. Each student must ensure that all of his or her assignments are collected in a portfolio and retained as a record of the student's learning. The final part of the assessment process is an oral examination in which the assignment portfolio is presented. The course syllabus and the student's portfolio will form the basis of the oral examination. Each student shall choose one assignment on which the weight of the assment will be placed. The final course grade will be from the common assessment scale. In the event of illness which has been certified by a medical doctor, or in the event of a fail grade in the oral examination, a student can apply to postpone or resit the examination the following semester.


Changes may occur.

If you are handicapped or functionally disabled in a way that is essentially disadvantegous when taking the examination, you can apply for a special arrangement of your examination.

Facts about this course



Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)