NORINT0500 – Norwegian Life and Society

Course content

The course offers an introduction to Norwegian history, life and society. The following topics are covered: Norwegian history, geography, the political system, foreign politics, economics, the welfare state, religion, the judicial system, the role of the family in Norwegian society, Norwegian literature and language, Norwegian visual arts, culture, and identity.

This is a knowledge based subject with a final exam.

This course will not be offered in the autumn 2020 semester.

Learning outcome

Students should get some insight into Norwegian way of life and Norwegian identity seen in the light of historical, political and cultural development. They should be able to present, describe and evaluate the topics covered in lectures and textbook. The mark received by the student at the completion of this course shows to what extent the student has reached the aspired learning outcome.


Information about deadlines and application procedures can be found on the webpages for Norwegian Courses for International Students.

This subject is open to international students at the University of Oslo. International students will get information about how to sign up for courses when they arrive at campus.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students must be eligible for matriculation.

Recommended previous knowledge

No prior knowledge required.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ISSN0500 – Norwegian Life & Society


The course consists of a double lecture a week for 12 weeks, a total of 24 hours. The lectures are given in English. A mandatory assignment must be handed in and approved in order for the students to be allowed to sit for the exam. The mandatory assignment may be written in Norwegian or English.

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.

Approved compulsory activities are valid for the next two terms that the course is offered.


The course has a 3-hour final school exam, consisting of one part requiring built answers and one essay part. The part requiring brief answers consists of six questions out of which four must be answered. This is primarily a knowledge based test aiming to document the students' acquistion of factual knowledge in various areas. The essay part consists of two essay topics out of which one must be answered. This part requires a formal structure, ability to limit the scope of the essay, a proper introduction, discussion, and conclusion. The discussion should show reflection and depth. Each of the two parts counts 50% of the final mark. Both parts must have a passing mark in order for the student to pass the course.

The guidance for examiners for the exam is published here (NORWEGIAN ONLY).

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material

Students may use a dictionary going to and from Norwegian or English and other languages during the exam. This has to be a paper dictionary, it cannot be electronic.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English and Norwegian.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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

Resit an examination

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.


Open lectures.

This course and the Norwegian courses up to a maximum of 40 credits, can be used as part of a degree at the University of Oslo for international students.

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