NFI4402 – Current Research in Medieval Studies II with focus on Literary sources

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Course content

This course will be provided unregularly and reflect current issues of  scholarship. It is an objective that the course should reflect the research of the scholar(s) responsible for the course. Often the course will be administrated in relation to on-going projects at the institute. It is our intention that the research underway in these projects shall manifest itself in the teaching and that Master’s Degree students are given the opportunity to write Master’s dissertations in connection with the relevant project. The responsible teacher will formulate the subject matter and present a reading list in relation to the current topic. More detailed specification of the content is dependent upon the students’ interests within the framework of the project and upon the researchers who go into the course at any time with their research-related teaching. This specification is undertaken just before the start of the course.

Learning outcome

The course will have different content every time it is given. Students are therefore to acquire a profound knowledge in the specic field of the culture of the Viking Period and Middle Ages that is delimited by the present content. They are to be given insight into what it means to do research in the humanities; they are to develop a capacity for analysis and independent thinking when it comes to the relationship to primary sources and secondary literature. They are to be socialized into a research community and thus provided with a foundation on which to build in their work on their own Master’s Degree dissertation.


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.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

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

The minimum number of attendants for the course is 5.


Recommended previous knowledge

This course builds on previous knowledge equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in West-European Medieval Studies or another Bachelor’s Degree with a major within a discipline that covers the Viking Period or Nordic Middle Ages.


The teaching will be in the form of seminars, lectures and/or individual tutorials totalling 20 hours. In addition students are to follow the activities taking place under the auspices of the research milieu: seminars, conferences and guest lectures in relation to the current course. 

The students in this course are required to compile an individual reading list in collaboration with the teacher.

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.


At the end of the course, each student is to hand in a semester assignment, which the student has been working with throughout the whole semester.

The assignment will comprise of roughly 10 pages, of appr. 2300 keystrokes, excluding spaces, per page.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The lecture can be held in English or Scandinavian

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.

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Autumn 2021

The course is given irregularly

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