IBS4101 – Ibsen's works: History, Text, Performance
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
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.
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.
- 10 credits overlap with IBS3101 – Ibsen’s oeuvre in a biographical, aesthetic and historical perspective (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with IBS2101 – Ibsen's works: History, Text, Performance
This course is taught entirely online in Fall 2020. Students who are based in Norway can schedule face-to-face discussion sessions with the teacher. Course Specifics Autumn 2020
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.]
Each student must submit a 5-page (approximately 2300 characters without spaces per page) qualifying paper assigned by the teacher during the course of the seminar. The qualifying assignment must be approved by the instructor before the student can take the final exam.
Approved obligatory assignments are valid the next two times the course is given.
Three-day written home examination on an assigned topic of ca.10 pages (2300 characters without spaces per page, 10% plus or minus is tolerated)
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.
Use of sources and citation
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
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
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.