ENG2303 – British Literature in the Age of the Enlightenment

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Course content

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

The course provides an introduction to the development of the periodical essay and of the early English novel as well as an insight into the satirical writings and moral philosophy of the long eighteenth century.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • are familiar with some central texts in the Age of Enlightenment
  • can analyse texts in relation to their ideological, historical and social contexts


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


Seminar, two hours per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in total.

Obligatory activity:

  • Attendance is obligatory at least 11 out of 14 seminars. Additional absences must be justified to the exam coordinator.
  • Students must turn in an essay of 5 pages on a given topic. Students will receive written feedback provided they hand in the first draft within a given deadline.


The evaluation is based on a 4-hour written exam.

Previous exams

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.

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

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.

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)

Facts about this course






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