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Course content

The course provides a survey of Norwegian history. The first half covers the first migrations to Norway; social, political, and mythical traditions of the Viking period; the formation of the medieval Christian kingdom; the Black Death; the Kalmar Union; the Lutheran Reformation and wars of the Dano-Norwegian kingdom. The second half covers folk culture, economy, and enlightenment trends under absolutism in the 18th century; the constitution of 1814; the development of democratic institutions; emigration; the rise of nationalism; the creation of a modern economy; economic and political crises of the Interwar years; World War II; the welfare state; and Norway’s relationships with Europe and the world.

Learning outcome

To provide students with an overview of Norwegian history and some mastery of historical theories and methods connected with various topics.


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.

Overlapping courses


The course consists of 26 lectures, 2 hours daily (08:15-10:00), Monday to Friday, for six weeks. Classroom sessions include lectures, primary source exercises, discussions, and visits to museums in Oslo.

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 a final exam, which lasts for 2 hours and counts for 60% of the grade. A mid-term examination is also administered, and will count for 40 % of the final grade.

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

Students who fail the exam may choose to resit the exam in the end of August, contact the ISS Office for more information.

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






This course will not be offered summer 2020, next time offered summer 2021.

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