This course is discontinued

NORAM1510 – Introduction to American Studies

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Course content

This course is an introduction to the cultural themes and the social and political ideas that have defined American thought. You read primary texts by Important American political thinkers and writers. Topics raised by these writers are related to current academic issues. Texts are organized thematically, but within an historical framework providing an important link to American historical studies.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have:

  • gained an overview of American political and cultural traditions as well as the patterns of its social life.
  • trained your abilities in critical thinking, incisive reading and interpretation of texts, and expository writing.
  • learned communication skills in academic English and improved your abilities in reading and writing academic English through individual and group work.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with NORAM1520 – Introduction to American Studies (discontinued)


Seminar, two hours for 10 weeks, 20 hours in total.

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


The exam form is a portfolio consisting of two 5-page essays. You must submit a first draft of each essay for evaluation before you submit the final drafts. After you have received comments, you work further on the essays.

You must make sure to learn the rules for proper citing of sources. All the sources you have used must be referred to, as well as listed at the end of each essay in a bibliography. If you fail to this, it can be considered as cheating.

The two final drafts are gathered in a Portfolio, which must be submitted in Fronter within a certain date. Read more about submission procedures.

The grade is based on the portfolio as a whole.

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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

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

A portfolio that has recieved a pass grade, can not be submitted a later semester for re-evaluation.

Special examination arrangements

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Every spring


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