This course is discontinued

KULH1404 – Legends and Fairy-Tales

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Course content

The course is designed to give students knowledge of Norwegian history and society, especially by examining the role of folklore in the process of nation-building during the nineteenth century. Furthermore, the course gives an introduction to verbal folklore; its content, form and function. The empirical emphasis will be on Norwegian and Sami legends and folktales. Stories from current and pre-modern society will be presented and analyzed through a variety of perspectives. The aim is to enable the student to understand the connection between the stories that are told, and the values, norms and practices of culture.

Learning outcome

The students will acquire skills in understanding and analyzing culture, and the course is especially suited for new students of Scandinavian Studies or Culture Studies.


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

Singular course students may apply after January 12th depending on capacity


Formal prerequisite knowledge

General university entry requirements

Recommended previous knowledge

Good knowledge of English


The course is based on a mix of lectures and seminars that expects and requires active student participation (written and verbal assignments) and advance preparation for the seminars. An excursion to The Folk-Museum and viewing of films based on legends and fairy tales are also included.

Use of the web-based communication-tool Fronter is required. See


Students will submit 1 minor assignment (4 pages)during the course, in English. The paper must be approved by the course teacher before the student is allowed to take the final exam. At the end of the semester there will be a 4 hour written exam which will be graded according to the ECTS - system: using grades A-F, where A equals excellence and F equals failed.

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.


An external examiner regularly evaluates the academic quality of the course, including the form of exam used on the course.

Evaluation of KULH1404 during the semester

Periodic evaluation KULH1404

Facts about this course






Spring 2008

This course is temporarily on hold and will be revised.


Spring 2008

Every other spring

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