IBS4204 – Ibsen in Performance

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Course content

Ibsen’s dramas have been staged on most theatres all over the world. The aim of this course is to show how Ibsen’s dramas have been staged, how the theatre productions and Ibsen’s dramas have been influenced by the general changes and tendencies in theatre styles and policies and how the staging of Ibsen’s dramas have been an obstacle to or a renewal in the theatre.

Film adaptations will also be considered.

A standard syllabus has been produced, and this will be found on the course page for each semester. In addition, the syllabus will include a selection of theoretical texts related to the course content.

Learning outcome

To provide insight in the performance history of Ibsen’s dramas with a focus on different performance traditions and trans-cultural and global perspectives.


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

A fundamental knowledge of Ibsen’s literary production.

Overlapping courses


The course has a duration of one semester, combining intensive seminar teaching and regular weekly courses with exercises in groups to a total of 28 hours.

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.

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 writes an assignment of 10 pages in length (2300 characters without spaces per page) on a topic relevant to the course content. In their assignment, students attending will be requested to develop their argument with particular reference to the additional syllabus provided.


Grading Guidelines

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.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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.

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Autumn 2018


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