ENG4343 – 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.

The course has a capacity of 15 students.  ILOS will not provide additional capacity if there are more applicants.


Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG2303 – British Literature in the Age of the Enlightenment


Seminars, 2 hours per week 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.
  • Either an essay of 5 standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters) turned in by a stated deadline, or an oral presentation held in one of the group sessions. You will decide the topic together with the lecturer.

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


The form of assessment is a term paper of 10 standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters). References and bibliography comes in addition.

You determine the topic of the term paper together with the lecturer.

Previously given exam assignments and assessment guidelines

Submit assignments in Inspera

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

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.

Results will be found in StudentWeb three weeks after the exam is completed.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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.

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






Spring 2020

This course is taught irregularly


Spring 2020

This course is taught irregularly

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