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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


Class timings will be 2 hours per day Monday-Friday, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. CEST, during six weeks (times subject to variation during the semester, dependent on class activity). The teaching format will be a combination of online (synchronous) and recorded lectures, in addition to other activities such as discussions, group exercises, self-study, individual follow up and tutorials with course staff. Lectures held in realtime will also be recorded and made available online to the extent possible.

Active participation throughout the course is expected of the students, and attendance during realtime lectures, seminars and discussions is required. The parts of the course based on recorded materials can be accessed by the students at any time.

For remote learning, the University of Oslo uses secure Zoom video conferencing and Canvas, the learning management system at UiO. Access to these platforms is provided by UiO to students when they have a UiO username and password.


The course includes a final 72 hours take-home exam which counts for 50% of the overall grade. A portfolio consisting of assignments handed in during the semester will count for 50% of the overall 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

Candidates who have a re-scheduled or new examination are allowed take the next ordinary examination. 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.

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 and withdrawal request form  at the latest one week 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.

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Every summer

- Cancelled Summer 2022


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