IDE4063 – Europe and the World: The Intellectual History of Early Modern Cultural Encounters and Knowledge Making

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Course content

The course covers the period 1550-1830. You are required to read both original works and supplementary literature. You will be given the opportunity for advanced readings. The study of travel literature may be used as an approach to central themes in the history of ideas, such as the ideas of nature, society, man or history.

The course provides knowledge about how leading ideas of the period were influenced by contact with other cultures.

Learning outcome

After taking this course, we expect you:

  • to be able to assess and impart central issues of travel literature from a specific area and/or time
  • have achieved advanced knowledge of a certain geographical area/theme
  • to be able to read critically, think independently, analyze and assess problems, as well as to impart your area of study in academic form
  • have acquired a solid overview and developed a critical attitude towards the complex relations that may exist between different academic problems
  • to be able to read and elaborate demanding texts and place them in their proper historical and intellectual context


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.

You must be admitted to studies at master level at the UiO to take this course.


The course is planned as a reading seminar (6 double sessions). We expect you to participate actively with oral presentations and discussions.

In order for you to qualify for the final examination, the following obligatory tuition activity must be apporved by the teacher:

  • attendance of the seminars


Presentation of paper on a given topic. In addition you must submit an outline of your paper in Canvas with candidate number. (If you use a power point presentation, or the like, this must also be submitted.)

You present a paper over a given topic. Your topic for the paper will be handed out 8 days in advance. The topic may be taken from any part of the syllabus.

The presentation must take approximately 20 minutes and you should preferably use power point or similar, computer based presentation tools. After the presentation there will be 10 minutes to ask questions to and discuss your presentation.

Presentations are open to bachelor students taking the course IDE2063 – Europa og verden: et idéhistorisk blikk på tidligmoderne kulturmøter og kunnskapsproduksjon and all master students in the history of ideas. This examination form will give you experience in a common academic genre that most (Norwegian) students have not experienced during their BA studies.

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

Resit an examination

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.

Facts about this course






This course is offered irregularly.


Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)