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ENG4160 – Language and Settlement in Britain, ca. 200-1000 A.D

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Course content

An introductory course which examines the various colonisations of that part of Britain which became England, from the late Romano-British period into the Anglo-Norman era; the story is dominated by the Anglo-Saxon and Norse settlements, and the Norman Conquest, but Frisian and Flemish also enter the narrative, which will of necessity consider other parts of the British Isles. The course will examine texts, the evidence of place-names, and to some extent archaeological evidence; source criticism will be an important part of the survey.

Learning outcome

  • You will gain a basic knowledge of England’s unusually diverse cultural and linguistic history, the insular development of successive immigrations from the Continent and Scandinavia.
  • The course will give a practical introduction to the use of diverse historical sources, and consider how the forms of language themselves may be used as historical evidence.


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Recommended previous knowledge

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


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

There is a mid-term break (one week in autumn term, two weeks in spring term) during which the students are expected to prepare assignments and otherwise study on their own.

Attendance is obligatory 8 out of 10 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation to the exam coordinator. Read more about guidelines for obligatory activities.


Students are required to deliver a term paper of ca. 10 standard pages. The first draft is to be delivered after the reading week(s). The draft will be assessed by the teacher, and a final version is to be delivered ca. 2 weeks after teaching ends. Evaluation will be based on the term paper.

The final paper must be submitted in Fronter within a certain date. Read more about submission procedures

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


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

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Withdrawal from an examination

A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, 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






Spring 2016


Spring 2016

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