MITRA4000 – Key Issues in Modern International and Transnational History

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Course content

The course gives a broad introduction to major issues in international and transnational history of the 19th and 20th centuries and provides an overview of pertinent approaches historians have taken to study them. It covers international and transnational history in all its facets discussing political, cultural, economic and social aspects encompassing topics such as globalization, imperialism and decolonization, the Cold War, international trade and entrepreneurship as well as cultural transfers of various kinds. The course is taught as a cooperative undertaking involving the whole range of expertise in international and transnational history assembled at the University of Oslo. It thus offers students a first opportunity to meet the teaching staff and potential future supervisors. This course is integrated with MITRA4001 – Reading course I - Key Issues in Modern International and Transnational History.

Learning outcome

After you have taken this course you are expected to

  • have broad knowledge about the main trajectories of 19th and 20th century international and transnational history
  • be aware of central scholarly debates and controversies connected to the main trajectories of international and transnational history
  • be able to critically discuss scholarly perspectives on key issues in international and transnational history


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 available to all students accepted to Modern International and Transnational History (master's two years). Exchange student and students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme. Modern International and Transnational History (master's two years) students will be prioritized.


Recommended previous knowledge

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


The teaching will take place in the form of nine (9) lectures taught by various teachers, accompanied by one introductory and two concluding (wrap-up) seminar sessions, which will be held by the course coordinator.

Compulsory assignment:

Students are asked to write two smaller papers (extracts, protocols, position papers) as a prerequisite for the exam.

Resources and information in this course will be given in Canvas.

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.


The course will be assessed by a 3-days take-home examination. The compulsory assignment must be passed in order to sit for the exam.

The take-home examination assignment will be published in Inspera.

3-days take-home examination:

  • The students have 3 working days available for them to complete the assignment.
  • The length of the assignment should be 6-10 standard pages (2300 characters without spacing).
  • The assignment should be complete with a front page containing the following information:
    • candidate number (not name)
    • subject code
    • the title of the assignment
    • name of department (IAKH)
    • semester

Submission of exam:

  • the take-home exam is to be submitted in Inspera.
  • the file must be submitted in pdf-format and we stress that the student is responsible for making sure that the files are readable. If you need assistance in converting your file into pdf, we recommend that you follow these instructions.
  • The file must be named with your candidate number (not your name) and the course code (MITRA4000)

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

Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Submission in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit in Inspera.

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, and you submit your response in English.

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.

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.


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

Facts about this course






This course will be taught for the first time in the autumn semester 2017 and then every autumn semester onwards.



The first exam for this course will be held in the autumn semester 2017 and then every autumn semester onwards.

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