IBS4101 – Ibsen's works: History, Text, Performance

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Course content

This course is designed to provide an introduction to Ibsen’s dramatic production, emphasizing its historical context. The plays will be analysed as part of and influenced by social, political and cultural forces, and as part of changing aesthetic and artistic norms.

Selected works will be examined against the background of changing literary paradigms in Ibsen’s own time. Special attention will be paid to Ibsen’s renewal of the dramatic tradition. The plays investigated will be seen both as texts and as performed in theatres, then and now.

Learning outcome

Upon completing the course the students should be able to

  • Discuss the developments within Ibsen’s dramatic production
  • Analyse Ibsen’s dramatic production in relation to its historical context
  • Analyse Ibsen’s plays as both text and performance, in keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of Ibsen Studies


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.

Recommended previous knowledge

Basic knowledge of Ibsen’s works and the ability to carry out in-depth studies.


This course consists of 14 units, a total of 28 hours, lasting for one semester. The form of teaching combines intensive lecture / seminar teaching, workshops, screening of performances, and class activities. Additional screenings and group activities are to be expected as preparation for coursework. 

[Active classroom participation is expected, although not required in order to get a passing grade. In the online classroom, participation can take the forms of in-class discussions, break-out sessions, and discussion postings.]


The exam is a folder consisting of two written texts. Both texts are to be submitted by given deadlines. Students will receive feedback on the first text of the folder during the semester. The text can be reworked until final submission.

The lecturer will give the details about the submissions at the beginning of the semester.

Grading Guidelines

Course Specifics

You can access the detailed course syllabus through Canvas with your UiO username and password. Make sure to check your Canvas page regularly for weekly announcements, required readings, pre-recorded videos, screenings, etc.

Submit assignments in Inspera

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

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

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Withdrawal from an examination

A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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