ISSHF1142 – Norwegian Architecture and Design

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Course content

This course aims to provide a theoretical overview of the key historical developments and on-going contemporary debates in Norwegian architecture and design.

The interplay between architecture, city planning and design, and the specific Norwegian cultural, economic and political environment in which they are practiced as applied disciplines is a central focus for exploration and discussion in the course. Norway’s role within overlapping Scandinavian, European, and increasingly global, contexts is also explored through the study of key international developments and the impact of these upon Norwegian architecture, city planning and design discourse.

The City of Oslo especially (considered in terms of its key historic and contemporary buildings, cultural institutions, public space and contrasting urban environments) is actively used as a ‘living classroom’ for exploration of these issues and the wider questions that these subsequently raise.

Learning outcome

Students taking this course will develop skills in analyzing, discussing and reflecting upon historical and contemporary debates in architecture, city planning, sustainable urbanism and design, as related to the Norwegian context. Students will also gain a deeper understanding of the significant role that architecture and design have historically played (and continue to play) in terms of ‘nation-building’ and the promotion of cultural identity in Norway and Scandinavia.


If you would like to take this course, you must apply directly to the International Summer School

Only students admitted to the course may take part in instruction.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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


The course consists of 26 lectures, 3 hours daily (10:15-13:00), Monday to Friday, for six weeks. Classroom sessions include lectures and discussions, supplemented by field trips to numerous sites in Oslo. The trip to Bergen is strongly recommended.

See the course plan and reading list in the semester page.

Daily attendance is expected of all participants. Students must attend a minimum of 75% of the lectures in order to take the final exam.


The course includes both a mid-term and a final exam.

The final written exam will contain slide identifications, definitions of key concepts and terms, and essay questions and lasts for 3 hours.

You can check your results and order transcripts in StudentWeb three weeks after the exam.

Digital 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.

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

Resit an examination

Candidates who have a re-scheduled or new examination are allowed take the next ordinary examination. Candidates who are re-sitting NORA exams can also re-sit the exam in the summer at the ISS exam. If you have successfully passed obligatory assignments, or other compulsory activities required before you are qualified to attend the exam, you need not re-sit these.

Only students with either valid absence (doctors note) or students who failed the exam can re-sit an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

A student can take the class and sit for this exam up to 3 times. If a student wishes to withdraw from the exam, s/he must submit the Course Change Request Form to the ISS Reception before the exam. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit for the exam, which is the general rule at UiO.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Course combinations

This course can be combined with other summer courses, see which courses you can combine in the course schedule.

Facts about this course






Every other summer starting 2015


Every other summer starting 2015

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