This course is replaced by ENG1506 – American Civilization.

NORAM1506 – American Civilization, an introduction

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course gives a broad introduction to American culture and society. Particular emphasis will be placed on the historical development of the political system, governmental and social structures, geography of the land and people, demographic, economic and social conditions, and national traditions.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have:

  • learned to understand American institutions and how they developed, as well as how and why they are different from Norwegian and European institutions;
  • gained insight into American culture and society;
  • improved your English language skills;
  • developed your essay writing skills.


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.

Lectures are open to the public. Group and seminar teaching requires admission to the course.


Recommended previous knowledge

Good oral and written English skills.

Overlapping courses


One hour lecture for 14 weeks and one hour seminars per week for 14 weeks. 28 hours in total.

Attendance is obligatory at least 11 out of 14 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation to the exam coordinator.

During the semester, you must hand in an essay (about 5 pages, 2000 words) at a set date. It is crucial that you learn the rules concering citing of sources. If you use material without citing the source, this can be considered as cheating.

The essay must be approved before you are allowed to take the exam.


The final grade is set based on a 4-hour written exam.

You can find previous exams here:

Examination support material

Students are allowed to use an English-English dictionary during the exam. Thesaurus and Encyclopedias are not allowed.


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.

The grade is posted in Studenweb within 3 weeks of the exam.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the next two semesters that the course is taught.

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.


Feedback from our students is essential if we are to provide the best possible education. As a student at the University of Oslo you will be asked to participate in various types of evaluation of our courses. Every time a course is given, we ask students to participate in mid-term evaluations, and periodically we ask them to participate in periodic evaluation of the course.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

Facts about this course






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