IBS4104 – Ibsen and the drama of modernity

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Course content

The course is an introduction to Ibsen’s dramatic works in the light of

  • modernism and modernity
  • modern drama
  • the European avant-garde
  • the modern city
  • aesthetic, philosophical and psychological impulses
  • the role of naturalism and realism in contemporary debates about modernism


Learning outcome

To provide insight into Ibsen’s oeuvre in relation to modernity. To establish and critically engage with Ibsen’s role as a modern playwright from a perspective of literary analysis, reception history and theatre studies.


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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.

Admission is limited to 20 students.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent qualification.

Recommended previous knowledge

A fundamental knowledge of Ibsen’s literary production.

Overlapping courses


The course has a duration of one semester and consists of weekly seminar sessions to a total of 28 hours. 

Each student must submit a short 3 - 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.

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.


Each student must write and submit an analytical essay of 10 pages in length (approximately 2300 characters without spaces per page) that is relevant to the course content.

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


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

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.

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This course will alternate with three other courses.


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