MAS4120 – Old Norse - language and texts
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN MOVED TO ILN AND HAS A NEW COURSECODE: NFI4120 – Old Norse - language and texts
Introduction to Old Norse grammar and study of standardized and non-standardized texts. An introduction to metre is also given, beginning with the Eddaic and skaldic poems in the original language.
Students should obtain a general knowledge of Old Norse grammar and syntax in order to be capable of independent study of an unseen Old Norse text, whether it be in standardized or non-standardized form. The course will also give some understanding of metre and poetic language so that the student will come some way in being able to analyse Old Norse poetry. The goal of the course is to offer the student skills which he or she can put into use when encountering Old Norse literary sources. This course is particularly suitable for foreign students who are part of the Master's programme in Nordic Viking and Medieval Culture and who have not studied a medieval language as part of a Bachelor's degree. There is a requirement in this Master's degree that one has studied a medieval european language. Old Norse - language and text can also be taken by anyone seeking a course on Old Norse which is taught in English.
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
Admission on a Master's programme.
Recommended previous knowledge
This course does not presuppose that the student has any previous knowledge of Old Norse. However, it is expected that the student has some background knowledge of the period.
The course is running through the whole semester and has around 2 class sessions per week. The course is structured into blocks with lectures followed by group work in which students translate and comment on texts . The outcomes of group work will be presented and discussed by the whole course-group in session, led by the teacher.
The course is rounded off with a 4-hour traditional examination. In order to be to sit the examination, the student must have participated in group work. The student's answers are assessed by the subject teacher and an internal moderator.
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
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.
Students can ask for an explanation of the grade. This must be done within a week after the grade was made known to the student. To obtain the explanation, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is up to the sensor whether the explanation will be given orally or in writing. The student's e-mail must contain information of an e-mail address and a telephone number he or she can be reached on.
Explanations and appeals
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.
Changes may occur.