MEVIT3550 – Nordic Noir

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Course content

“Nordic noir” has, especially in the English-speaking world,  become a term referring to contemporary crime fiction: books, television serials and feature films from the Nordic countries.

The international appeal of authors like Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbø and TV serials like the Killings and The Bridge has resulted in a major popular cultural export that is historically unprecedented with regards to popular fiction from the Nordic countries.

The course “Nordic noir” will study different aspects of the phenomenon including the international discourse discussing and analyzing the books, films and TV serials that have been given the Nordic noir label. An emphasis will be on study and analyze what is considered to be the constitutive characteristics of the genre, on the reception of Nordic noir and on the possible changes in the perception of the Nordic region contributed by the event of Nordic crime in different popular cultural expressions.


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Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with MEVIT4550 – Nordic Noir (discontinued)


Students have a qualification assignment, graded approved/ not approved.


Three day take home exam.

A qualification assignment must be approved before the exam.

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.

Explanations and appeals

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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.


Periodic evaluation spring 2015 (only in Norwegian)

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