KULH1001 – European Cultural History

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

How have people in Western Europe lived the last five hundred years? What have they believed and thought; how have they lived and worked; how have they organized their lives? The course emphasizes daily life, culture of the common people, history of the way of thinking; and takes up topics like working life, economy, social organization, material culture, faith, custom and poetry.

Learning outcome

The student will acquire knowledge about central themes in the subject of Cultural History and a fundamental understanding of the discipline’s historical perspective.


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Recommended previous knowledge

It is recommended that one has knowledge of spoken Norwegian (in order to be able to follow the lectures). It is not necessary to read or write Norwegian.

Information on Norwegian language courses offered at the University of Oslo is available here here.


Lectures are conducted in Norwegian, while individual supervision can be given in English. The curriculum is in English.

Teaching consists of a combination of lectures (8 double lectures) and seminars which extend over the entire semester. The seminars consist of 4 meetings with group instruction, accompanied by web-based teaching in the virtual classroom Canvas.

At the beginning of the semester, three qualifying assignments will be handed out. Every student must write and get approved at least one of these assignments in order to be allowed to sit for the examination. Each assignment must be approximately 2-3 pages in length (2300 characters per page), and is to be submitted in Canvas. The deadline for submission will be announced in the detailed teaching plan.

The student is recommended to follow the seminar instruction in connection with all three assignments, since this will provide useful practice for the examination.

Together with the qualifying assignment, the student must deliver the Obligatory statement concerning cheating.

It is the student’s responsibility to ascertain whether the qualifying assignment has been approved or not.

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.


The qualifying assignment must be approved in order to be allowed to sit for the course examination.

Grades for the course are awarded by means of a 4-hour written examination at the end of the semester

The assessment format is integrated into the teaching; therefore it is not possible to take the course examination without admission to teaching.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The assignments and examinations may be written in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

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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Special examination arrangements

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