This course is discontinued

KUN1005E – Introductory Course in Norwegian Art History

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course surveys the chronological development, stylistic changes and theoretical foundation of Norwegian painting and sculpture from the early 1800's until World War II and Norwegian architecture from the Middle Ages to present day. Particular emphasis is placed on Edvard Munch and the sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Museum visits and in situ studies form the core of this course.

Learning outcome

The course will familiarize the student with important movements and stylistic changes in Norwegian Art History from the early 1800s until the 1940s and the history of Norwegian architecture.
Upon completion of this course the student will be expected to be able to:

  • Describe characteristcs of major artists and the stylistic development of Norwegian art history.
  • Identify and discuss the major trends, movements and geographical centers the artists were exposed to, and how this influenced their work.
  • Discuss the cultural context the artists were a part of and how this is reflected in their work.
  • Analyse paintings, sculpture and other artistic works on the basis of iconography, form and technique.
  • Describe and analyse Norwegian architecture from different historical periods.


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.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


A combination of two hour sessions and tree hour sessions, divided between museum visits and lectures, in all around 28 hours

All museum visits will be at the students’ own expense.

The students must a give oral presentation. The presentation is compulsory and must be approved before the student may take the exam. The assignment will be graded accepted/not accepted, and is valid in the term it is accepted as well as the next two terms the course is taught.


4 hour exam.

All compulsory activity must be approved before you can take the exam.

Previous exams

Language of examination

The language of examination is English. You can apply to the administrators of the course to submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish. For contact information, see bottom of this page.

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

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.

Emneevaluering høsten 2007

Emneevaluering høsten 2010

Facts about this course






Normally every Autumn , but cancelled Autumn 2013

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