ENG2303 – British Literature in the Age of the Enlightenment

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Course content

This course offers a broad introduction to some of the most important literary developments in the eighteenth century, studied in light of its socio-political history and intellectual background.

This course teaches students to read closely and analyse a selection of the most lastingly significant texts of this exceptionally turbulent and eventful period in literary history.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • know a collection of central texts in the Age of Enlightenment;
  • can analyse texts in relation to their ideological, historical and social contexts;
  • can write an academic paper on a topic central to the concerns of syllabus texts, in a way that shows an informed awareness of relevant critical debates in scholarship;
  • know the research methods associated with the use of an academic library.


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

It is recommended students have taken at least 10 ECTS in literature/culture, preferably ENG1303 – British Literature/ENG1505 – British Civilisation or equivalent. The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG4343 – British Literature in the Age of the Enlightenment


Seminars, 2 hours weekly for 14 weeks. 28 hours in total.

Obligatory activities:

  • Attendance at least 11 out of 14 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation. 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 5 standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters) on a given topic submitted by a stated deadline. References and bibliography comes in addition. You will get written feedback on the essay.


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

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.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more 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.

Examination support material

You are allowed to use an EnglishEnglish dictionary.

Macmillan Dictionary will be offered in the digital examination system Inspera.

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.

The results will be found on the StudentWeb within three weeks after the exam.

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.

Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the two consecutive semesters when the course is given.

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)

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