ISSN0500 – Norwegian Life & Society

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Course content

This seminar is an optional afternoon/evening lecture series open to all ISS students. Topics covered include Norwegian history, political system, welfare state, economy, environmental issues, gender issues and family, minority and immigration, media, education, literature, visual arts, music, religion and identity.

The seminar can be combined with all other ISS courses. Please note, we do not accept applications only for afternoon seminars.

Learning outcome

An overview and understanding of Norwegian culture and society in a historical and contemporary perspective.


ISS students can attend this seminar in addition to their regular course load. You must be enrolled in another course at the International Summer School to attend this seminar.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with NORINT0500 – Norwegian Life and Society


The seminar consists of 10 lectures, 1 1/2 hours each (14:15-15:45), Tuesdays and Thursdays, for six weeks. Check the syllabus for divergence from this schedule. Classroom sessions include lectures from the course leader and a series of guest lecturers.

A mandatory assignment must be handed in and approved in order for the students to be allowed to sit for the exam. The mandatory assignment may be written in Norwegian or English.


This is an open seminar, but those who are interested in taking the seminar for credit can sign up for the examination towards the end of the seminar. It is possible to attend some or all lectures without taking the final examination.

The seminar includes a final written examination of 3 hours duration. Detailed information for the examinations will be published on the ISS website, and will be available in the week preceding the exams.

You can check your results and order transcripts in Søknadsweb 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


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. 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.


This course is open to all ISS students as a not-for-credit afternoon seminar.

Facts about this course






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

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