Language: NOR | ENG

2EN35-2 Literature and culture 1


Learning outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes:


The student

  • has broad knowledge of English-language literature and culture in a historical perspective from the Renaissance to the 20th century
  • is familiar with different literary genres
  • is familiar with basic critical and theoretical approaches to the study of literature and culture


The student

  • is able to present and discuss English-language literature and culture in a historical perspective using an academic register


The student

  • has insight into academic issues relevant to the field of English-language literature and culture
  • can plan and carry out relevant assignments, alone and as part of a group, in accordance with academic conventions and ethical requirements and principles


Course contents:

  • Introduction to the study of literature written in English
  • An overview of the  historical background relevant to the texts on the syllabus
  • Essay writing on topics from English-language literature and culture
  • Basic critical concepts and terminology relevant for the study of literature and culture

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Ways of working:

Teaching takes the form of interactive lectures and seminars, student presentations, and discussions. The learning platform Canvas is used for course information and guidance. Regular and active participation in class is required.

Obligatoriske krav som må være godkjent før eksamen kan avlegges

Course requirements:

To sit the examination a student must:

  • have an attendance record of at least 80 % according to the semester plan. Students are responsible for registration of attendance
  • have completed a maximum of 5 assignments, of which at least one is oral and one must be written. Details will be outlined at the beginning of the semester. These assignments must be approved no later than two weeks before the examination. A certificate of participation from the Norwegian Study Centre in York will be accepted as substitute for one of the assignments


Assessment method:

A five-hour individual written examination, graded on a scale from A to F. A is the highest pass grade and E is the lowest pass grade. Both content and English language skills must satisfy minimum requirements in order for a candidate to obtain a pass grade.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic in the fall of 2021, changes were made in the assessment method. The new assessment method is a five-hour take home exam.