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MAS4550 – Current issues in medieval studies with focus on history of art 1

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Course content

This course has its roots in the Faculty’s ongoing research on Viking and Nordic medieval art history. It is a main objective of our educational policy that research in progress shall manifest itself in the teaching. The subject matter of this course will therefore vary from time to time, depending on the present research it is interacting with. The course will be an integral part of the master’s programme in Nordic Viking and Medieval Culture and the master’s programme in the History of Art.

The course syllabus will also vary; the reading list will consist of literature amounting to approximately 1,000 pages. The reading list will be set up by the teacher, or the student may make his/her own list in agreement with the teacher.

The theme for Autumn 2011 is: Norwegian Medieval Churches and Church Art – Wood, Stone and Pigment

Learning outcome

Students shall develop a capacity for analysis and independent thinking when it comes to primary sources – artefacts – and secondary literature. The integral study of primary sources and secondary literature shall enable the student to arrive at decisions on the questions or problems that relate to the given issue of the course. Students will be given insight into what it means to do research in the field of humanities and thus be provided with a basis on which to build their own work in the field. The course will enable students to summarize the research debate in an independent, well-considered way, both orally and in writing.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students must be admitted to the master’s programme Nordic Viking and Medieval Culture, the master’s programme in the History of Art, or an international student exchange programme.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course builds on previous knowledge equivalent to a bachelor’s degree with a major within a discipline that covers the Viking period or the European Middle Ages.


The teaching will to a great extent take the form of seminars and/or individual tutorials. Teaching may be carried out on a regular basis throughout the whole semester or in more intensive blocks, with periods of self study in between. Excursions may also be an obligatory part of the course. In addition, students shall follow activities taking place under the auspices of research projects: seminars, conferences and guest lectures. Students are also supposed to contribute with their own presentations, and to respond to each other’s work.

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 student’s work will be assessed on the basis of a semester assignment. The subject of the assignment will be agreed between the student and the teacher. The assignment shall comprise 10 pages of approximately 2,300 keystrokes excluding spaces.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.


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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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.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2011


Autumn 2011

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