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Course content

In this course, we study British history within the framework of one out of three centuries: the 18th, 19th or 20th century. A main aim of the course is to train the students in the historical approach, assessing relationships of cause-and-effect in the past, and the question of change versus continuity. Independently of which of the three centuries we address, therefore, we ask ourselves the overall question: to what extent was the British society that emerged at the end of the century a different one from that of a hundred years before? The course will offer a combination of general history within the period covered, and focus on a theme of particular relevance to the century under investigation. Both the century addressed, and the specific theme emphasised, may therefore vary with each offering of the course.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • have an understanding of, and insight into central developments in British society over the course of one out of three centuries, the 18th, 19th or 20th century
  • can critically engage with historical theories and models used to explain historical events within the context of one century in British history, including theories of cause and effect
  • can analyse the historical question of change versus continuity over the period of c. 100 years of British history
  • will be able to apply knowledge and communicate informed opinions about British history, employing historical arguments and uses of evidence
  • can analyse a specific historical theme as raised within the context of one out three centuries in British history


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 that students take ENG1505 – British Civilisation before attending this course


Seminars, 2 hours per week for 10 weeks. 20 hours in all.

You are expected to turn up prepared for the seminar, having covered the assigned reading for each session, and any exercises you have been asked to work on in advance.

Obligatory activities:

The allowed absence limit will cover all absences, including illness. You will not be granted valid absences with documentation, even when the absence is due to something beyond your control.

If the course has in-person teaching, and you are signed up for an in-person seminar group, you are to attend the teaching in the location found in the schedule.

If the course has digital teaching, and you are signed up for a digital seminar group, you must attend via Zoom with your camera on.

In certain circumstances, i.e. serious or chronic illness, you could apply for special needs accomodations.


All obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester for you to sit the exam. Fulfilled course requirements are only valid the semester you attend the course.


The final grade is set on the basis of a written term paper (5 standard pages à 2,300 characters, 60% of the grade) and a written exam (2 hours, 40% of the grade).

It is required to pass both parts of the exam individually, and you have to take both parts in the same semester.

Previously given exams 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.

Submission in Inspera

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

For those who want to retake their exam: Since this exam includes a term paper, you must follow the classes and write a new paper in order to qualify. Admission depends on capacity.

If it's just the written exam you have missed because of illness, it is possible to apply for a postponed exam. Please contact the exam consultant for more information.

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.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

This course is offered spring 2021, then every autumn


Every autumn

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