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SOSANT2250 – Anthropological perspectives on Norway and the Nordic countries

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Course content

The course includes an introduction to topics such as what is the ethnographic region called Norden and what are the topics anthropologists have singled out as typical for this region. The course highlights notions about gender, social class, attitudes about nature and recourse use and harvest.

The historical, political and cultural background of contemporary Nordic societies, regional variation and some academic debates concerning the characteristic of this region are included in the curriculum and treated during lectures.

The course is relevant for both Norwegian and foreign exchange students.

Learning outcome

In addition to insight into the subject tematic, emphasis is placed on developing independent academic reflection in both the written and spoken form.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

SOSANT1000 - Innføring i sosialantropologi is a prerequisite for the course. Students who have not previously passed SOSANT1000 - Innføring i sosialantropologi must pass this exam the same semester they take SOSANT2250.

For international exchange students the prerequisite is a course equivalent to SOSANT1000 or 30 ECTS credits (one semester) of university level courses in social sciences. You may apply for admission to SOSANT2250 by sending an email to Please attach the required documentation.

Recommended previous knowledge

This course requires good knowledge of English.


The course builds on active preparation and participation on the part of students.

The teaching is not compulsory, though it is highly recommended to participate.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Students will be evaluated on the basis of a take-home exam at the end of the course. Students will receive letter grades. The exam questions are in English and must be answered 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.

The grades will be registered in the StudentWeb.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

A student can sit for this exam up to 3 times. If a student wishes to withdraw from the exam, s/he must do this in StudentWeb at least two weeks prior to the first day of the exam. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit for the exam.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


Teaching and exam forms are continually being evaluated and may be changed.

Facts about this course






This subject is not given every year.


Exam is given the same semester as the subject is taught.

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