IBS4205 – New Perspectives in Ibsen Studies

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Course content

New perspectives in Ibsen Studies selectively focuses on the latest topics and methods in the field of Ibsen Studies. Taught in the spring semester, this course builds upon the foundational understanding of Ibsen’s works and the methodologies in studying his works both as text and in performances.

Learning outcome

  • To know the contemporary trends in the field of Ibsen Studies;
  • To be able to present and discuss the topics, methods, and theories covered in the syllabus;

  • To be able to apply some of these new perspectives in one’s own research (as reflected in final exam paper).


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.

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


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, and class activities. Additional screenings and group activities are to be expected as preparation for coursework.

Each student must submit three short reports (1-2 pages each) as qualifying assignments during the course. The qualifying assignments must be approved by the teacher 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 syllabus provided.

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.

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.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Reports from periodic evaluations at ILN (in Norwegian)

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