ISSN1320 – Norwegian Literature

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Course content

The course explores select classic and contemporary plays, poems, short stories and novels by Norwegian authors. The literary texts are compared and contrasted through reflections on the themes of gender, place, and history. Texts include folktales, an Ibsen play, novels by Tarjei Vesaas and Per Petterson, and other works of fiction. Through lectures and class discussions, students gain proficiency in close reading and an understanding of the cultural context of literary expression.

Learning outcome

To provide an overview of Norwegian literary culture and an understanding of its roots, influences and impact, aesthetically and politically. To give students some mastery of close reading and literary analysis.


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, 2 hours daily (08:15-10:00), Monday to Friday, for six weeks. Classroom sessions include lectures, student presentations and discussions. Daily attendance and active student participation is expected. 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. 

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.

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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