ENG4516 – Northern Ireland

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Course content

This course will offer a cross-disciplinary exploration of aspects of the society, history and literature of Northern Ireland. The content will have a principal emphasis on the period following partition (during which the province has existed as a distinct entity), but it will also include some consideration of the region’s more extended history and of the specific roles of the cities of Belfast and Derry. Attention will be paid to the Troubles and peace process, as well as to questions of place and identity. The course will involve discussion of multiple forms and genres of writing, including journalism, historiography, prose fiction, poetry and drama.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, students will have:

  • gained an overview of Northern Irish history, including the modern conflict in Northern Ireland since 1968 (the “Troubles”) and the attempts which have been made to resolve it
  • engaged with a range of literary sources emerging from the region  (including examples of poetry, prose and drama), and practised interpreting these in relation to their immediate and/or wider contexts
  • learned to identify a topic for investigation, and to analyse central cultural and historical questions relating to Northern Ireland


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.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Overlapping courses


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

Obligatory activities:

  • For spring 2022, attendance is not required, but highly recommended.
  • A proposal for your individual essay topic turned in by a stated deadline.

You have the opportunity of turning in a first draft of your term paper during the semester. You will be offered draft supervision.

Both the 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 (12 standard pages à 2,300 characters (+/- 10%))

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.

Marks will be published on Studentweb no later than three weeks after the exam.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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

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.

Facts about this course






Spring 2022

For the spring semester 2022, this course will have manual admission.


Spring 2022

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