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Course content

The course gives a broad introduction to American culture and society. Particular emphasis will be placed on:

  • the historical development of the political system,
  • governmental and social structures,
  • geography of the land and People,
  • demographic, economic and social conditions,
  • national traditions.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • understand American institutions and how they developed, as well as how and why they are different from Norwegian and European institutions,
  • have knowledge and insight into American culture and society,
  • demonstrate English language skills,
  • demonstrate essay writing skills.


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.

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


Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.


Lectures, 2 hours per week for 14 weeks. Seminars, 2 hours per week for six weeks. 40 hours in all.

Obligatory activity:

  • Attendance is obligatory at least 4 out of 6 group lessons. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absences or postponements here. Please note that absence exceeding 50 % of all seminars may not be approved, regardless of any excuses.
  • An essay of 2 000 words (+/– 10 %) turned in by a stated deadline. Make sure to learn the rules for proper citing of sources. All the sources you have used must be listed in a bibliography. You will get written feedback on your essay.

All obligatory activities must be approved for you to sit the exam. All obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester. Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the next two semesters that the course is taught.


As a full-time student you are expected to spend at least 12 hours a week studying for this course.

In the weeks with group teaching, two of those hours will be spent in groups with your teacher, two hours are spent attending lectures, and eight hours are free for your own studies. In non-group weeks, two hours are spent attending lectures, while the remaining 11 hours are free for your own studies. These hours should be spent reading, making notes on, and reflecting on the syllabus texts; exploring secondary texts, and preparing to contribute your own viewpoints and ideas to class discussions at the tutorial groups. You may also want to spend some of this time working on your essay writing skills and discussing the course material with other students.

The University's Academic Writing Center is a resource you may want to consider.

You are expected to come prepared to each group session. This means that you have completed the assigned reading, and worked on the exercises posted on Canvas by the teacher ahead of the tutorial itself.

ENG1506 consists of lectures, in which we will address the themes covered by the course, and groups, which consist mainly of student-driven discussions of exercises relating to the lectures. This means that while you may prefer just to listen in, you should nevertheless be prepared to contribute to discussions throughout the term. The more of your week you spend exploring the syllabus texts yourself (or in conversation with classmates), the more you will get out of the tutorials.

ENG1506 requires you to study secondary literature relating to the obligatory essay you are due to submit. Over the course of the semester, you should take time to associate yourself with the resources provided by the University Library, both the material which is physical available on-site, and the Library online-resources. Both will help you to find relevant secondary literature.


The form of assessment is a 4–hour written examination.

Previously given exams in NORAM1506 (which the course has been replaced by)

Previously given exam assignments and assessment guidelines

Written 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.

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.

Examination support material

You will have access to an online dictionary. You are not allowed to bring your own dictionary to the exam.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in 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.


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

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

Facts about this course






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