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. Analyze literary texts and reflect on their intersections with gender, place, and history. Texts include folktales, an Ibsen play, novels, and other works of fiction. Through lectures and class discussions, students gain proficiency in close reading and an understanding of the cultural contexts of literary expression.

Learning outcome

To read selections of Norwegian literature and understand the roots, influences, and impact of Norwegian literary culture. To develop 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.


Class meets  2 hours per day Monday-Friday, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. CEST, during the six weeks semester (some class times subject to variation during the semester, depending on the activity). Classes are online synchronous;  teaching formats include lectures, student presentations, and group discussions. 

Active participation throughout the course is expected of the students, and attendance during real-time 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 final grade will be 50% portfolio and 50% final take-home exam. The portfolio will consist of the mandatory student presentation assignments, graded pass-fail/complete-incomplete. The final take-home exam will be graded A-F.

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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