IBS4001 – Theoretical, Methodological, and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ibsen Studies

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Ibsen Studies is an inherently interdisciplinary field of study that requires the ability to apply and at times combine a variety of theories and analytical methods, depending on the specific topic under investigation. This course is designed to help students at the master’s level evaluate and apply relevant theoretical approaches and develop appropriate analytical methods. It is presentation- and writing-based, giving students ample opportunity to evaluate the appropriateness of theoretical approaches and experiment with methodologies that will have relevance to their own Ibsen research. 

Learning outcome

The students are expected

  • to engage with broader critical discourses relevant to Ibsen Studies
  • to identify and apply theory that is relevant to interdisciplinary Ibsen Studies
  • to understand how theory informs and shapes methodology
  • to develop and articulate an analytical method that is appropriate for the proposed master’s thesis



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Admission is limited to 20 students.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Recommended previous knowledge

30 points on MA-level in Ibsen Studies.


It will be organized as a series of  longer workshops spread out throughout the semester. 28 hours in total.


The course will be evaluated on the basis of a portfolio comprised of two mandatory writing assignments submitted in advance of the last two workshops. The two mandatory writing assignments should each be no more than 8 pages (see exact formatting guidelines on the course page in Canvas).

The students will also present two oral presentations at the first two workshops that will function as a combined qualifying exercise. Presentations should each be no more than 10 minutes.


Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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

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