IBS4000 – Research Ethics, Information Resources and Advanced Academic Writing for Ibsen Studies

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Course content

The course introduces the methods and practices of academic writing at the advanced (master’s) level within the interdisciplinary field of Ibsen Studies. It emphasizes four primary areas within this domain: information resources relating to Ibsen’s life and works, research ethics, the fundamentals and expectations of scholarly analysis at the advanced level within the major disciplines relevant to Ibsen Studies, and the technical and mechanical requirements of academic writing at the advanced level. Research ethics permeates all aspects of the course, and emphasis will be placed on identifying and implementing expected ethical norms in all other areas of the course.

The course comprises four main disciplines:

  • introduction to information resources in Ibsen studies
  • research ethics
  • fundamentals of scholarly analysis the practice of academic writing

A standard syllabus has been produced, and this will be found on the course page for each semester.


Learning outcome

The students are expected

  • to achieve a working knowledge of primary Ibsen-related resources and to obtain the practical skills of information retrieval
  • to become familiar with the central principles of research ethics in the humanities disciplines relevant to interdisciplinary Ibsen Studies
  • to evaluate information from various sources, including the Internet, critically,
  • to construct analytical texts on selected topics that build on the following elements of academic writing: research questions, claim/thesis statement, and analysis of evidence to support the claim
  • to master appropriate scholarly citation practices, including in-text citations and the compilation of a bibliography

  • to present a written description of the proposed master's thesis.



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.

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.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent qualification. Obligatory course in the Master’s Degree Programme Ibsen Studies.

Recommended previous knowledge

Basic computer skills and a fundamental knowledge of Ibsen’s literary production.


Classes are given throughout the semester and consist of  seminars each week, see schedule for time and place.

Attendance is compulsory, and students cannot be absent on more than 4 of the 14 lectures.

Exemption from obligatory attendance is granted only where a written application is made and satisfactory grounds are given.

Writing assignments are to be handed in at specific dates and time, see schedule for details.

The assigned readings for every week are mandatory. Students are expected to have read the texts before the the seminars begins.

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.

Admission is limited to 20 students.


The course will be evaluated on the basis of a portfolio comprised of writing assignments submitted throughout the semester. Students must be prepared to hand in three written assignments of five pages each (2300 characters without spaces per page). The students will also hand in three short (1-2 page) qualifying exercises.

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.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

English or Norwegian

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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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.

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