MITRA4001 – Reading course I - Key Issues in Modern International and Transnational History

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Course content

The reading course will offer an opportunity to deepen the knowledge acquired in the integrated course MITRA4000 – Key Issues in Modern International and Transnational History. By focusing on a more specialized topic related to one or several of the themes covered by the course it will allow both for in-depth reading of secondary literature as well as for reflection on the different possible perspectives and approaches taken by scholars on one and the same subject.

Learning outcome

After you have taken this course you are expected to be able to:

  • apply the knowledge about the main trajectories of 19th and 20th century international and transnational history to a more specified historical topic
  • be able to analyse and present scholarly debates and controversies connected to the main trajectories of international and transnational history with regard to a more specified historical topic
  • be able to critically discuss scholarly perspectives on key issues in international and transnational history with regard to a more specified historical topic


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 only available to students accepted to Modern International and Transnational History (master's two years).


Recommended previous knowledge

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


Seminar teaching with a particular emphasis on cooperative learning.

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


1-2 smaller reading-related papers: extract/reflection paper.

The assignment(s) should be complete with a front page containing the following information:

  • candidate number and name
  • subject code
  • the title of the assignment
  • name of department (IAKH)
  • semester

Submission of assignment: 

  • the assignment 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 (MITRA4001)

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 pass/fail scale. 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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