This course is discontinued

STV1101 – Introduction to Political Utopias

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Course content

Teaching and examination in STV1101 was given for the last time autumn 2014.


The course introduces students to the genre of literary utopias and the history of utopian thinking. Some of the most important literary utopias, including a classic dystopia, will be read and discussed as manifestations of political ideologies and expressions of fundamental social criticism. The course will show how utopian texts can be used as relevant contributions to theoretical debate and analysis in the discipline of political science.

Learning outcome


Students will:

  • obtain knowledge and understanding of the genre of literary utopias;
  • understand how this genre, as well as utopian thinking in general, can contribute to political theory and debate;
  • acquire first-hand knowledge of some of the most important literary utopias and contemporary contributions to the international utopian scholarship;
  • be acquainted with ideas of alternative ways of organizing social and political institutions.


Students will:

  • learn to read and analyse utopian texts as expressions of social criticism and political ideologies;
  • learn to compare and evaluate utopian ideals and proposals;
  • learn to discuss the benefits and dangers of utopias and utopian ideas.


Students will:

  • enhance their capability to question and discuss present social and political realities;
  • enhance their capability to formulate and reflect on their own ideas of “the good society”.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

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


4 hours written exam.

Previous exams.

Examination support material

Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.

Language of examination

The 4-hour written exam will be given in English only. The students can choose whether they will answer the exam questions in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

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

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

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.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2014


Autumn 2014

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