MITRA4010 – Methods and Theory in Modern International and Transnational History

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Choose semester

Course content

MITRA4010 – Methods and Theory in Modern International and Transnational History offers students an introduction to key approaches and concepts relevant for the writing of international and transnational history. These include among others diplomatic history and international relations, global and world history, theories of globalization and global governance, cultural transfers and international cultures of memory. It will introduce students further to basic methodological questions related to these concepts. This course is integrated with MITRA4011 – Reading course II - Methods and Theory In Modern International and Transnational History.

Learning outcome

After you have taken this course you are expected to:

  • have in-depth knowledge of key terms, concepts and approaches in history in general and international and transnational history in particular
  • have gained a heightened sense for the importance of positionality in historical research and the specific challenges connected to the study of international and transnational history
  • be able to apply adequate methods for the analysis of specific historical problems


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) and Peace and Conflict Studies (master's two years).


Recommended previous knowledge

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


The teaching will take place as a combination of nine lectures and three seminars.

Compulsory assignment:

- Individual book assignments, participation in a group project and a presentation.

- 1-2 pages reflection paper. The reflection paper will be used as a starting point for the oral exam.  

The compulsory assignment must be passed in order to sit for the exam.

This is how you apply for a valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance

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


The course is assessed by oral examination. The mandatory activity must be approved in order to take the exam.

Language of examination

The oral exam will be conducted 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






Every spring

This course will be taught for the first time in the spring semester 2018 and then every spring semester onwards.


Every spring

The first exam for this course will be held in the spring semester 2018 and then every spring semester onwards.

Teaching language