This course is discontinued

MAS4600 – Art and Artefacts of the Viking Period

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Course content

The course MAS4600 is an elevator course, i.e. teaching and syllabus overlap MAS2600 but the students of MAS4600 are given assignments suitable to the master level. Students of MAS4600 will be asked to use specialised publications of monuments and artefacts for their papers. They are also invited to discuss aspects of the course that are of particular relevance for their master's thesis, with the teacher.

The course covers monuments, iconography and ornamentats produced in Scandinavia and the Scandinavian settelments in Europe, in the period ca. 750-1100. The various object groups will be discussed from political, economic, cultural-historical and religious perspectives.

Learning outcome

The aim of the course is to train students in using methods for classification and interpretation of objects, pictures and monuments. The students should acquire a basis for working with viking-age visual sources from archaeological, historical and art-historical perspectives.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Acceptance in a master's degree programme or the equvalent.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course builds on the level of knowledge gained by a bachelor degree in Medieval West European Studies, or another Bachelor's degree with a major in a subject closely related to the Viking period or the Scandinavian Middle Ages.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with MAS2600 – Art and Artefacts of the Viking Period (discontinued)


Students will submit 3 assignments, one from each block of the course. The first assignment is a qualifying assignment which must be approved for the students to take their final exam. The other two assignments will be worked on through the semester and collected in a portfolio at the end of the semester. The portfolio will be retained as a record of the student’s learning and graded from the common assessment scale. Each assignment will be around 5 pages in length (where a page has 2300 characters without spacing) and will be assessed by the course teachers.

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.

Students can ask for an explanation of the grade. This must be done within a week after the grade was made known to the student. To obtain the explanation, send an e-mail to It is up to the sensor whether the explanation will be given orally or in writing. The student's e-mail must contain information of an e-mail address and a telephone number he or she can be reached on.

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.


Changes may occur.

Facts about this course






The course was offerede for the last time in autumn 2006.


The course was offerede for the last time in autumn 2006.

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