ENG4516 – Northern Ireland

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Course content

This course examines the development of Northern Ireland, from the province was established in 1921, until today.

The main focus of the course will be on the situation in Northern Ireland after ‘the Troubles’ began in 1968, with an aim to provide insight into the political, economic and social aspects of the modern Northern Irish conflict.

The attempts that have been made in recent decades to find a political (peaceful) solution to the conflict will be given particular emphasis.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you will have:

  • gained an overview over Northern Irish history since the forming of the province in 1921
  • gained an insight into, and understanding of, the modern conflict in Northern Ireland since 1968 – “the Troubles” – and the attempts which have been made to resolve it
  • learned to identify a topic for investigation, and to analyse central questions relating to Northern Ireland since 1921, the modern conflict after 1968, and/or the attempts which have been made to resolve it


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


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

Attendance is obligatory at least 8 out of 10 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation to the exam adviser.

Students must submit a proposal for their individual essay topic by a stated deadline during the semester. The proposal must be approved by the teacher.

Students have the opportunity to deliver a first draft of the paper during the semester. Feedback will be given.

All obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester.


The exam consists of two parts:

  1. A term paper. You are required to write ca. 7 pages (+/- 10%).  
  2. A 2-hour written exam at the end of the term. 

A pass mark is required on both parts. Both exam parts have to be taken in the same semester.  The exams will be graded separately with a combined final mark. The term paper counts towards 70% of the grade and the 2-hour exam counts towards 30%.

Previously given exam assignments.


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.

Examination support material

English-English 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.

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 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

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 2020


Spring 2020

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