Nature and Culture 364

Course Objectives

The aim of this course consists in applying the subject’s perspective, and theory from the introductory course, to a particular subject area. In each specialisation course students will study a general interdisciplinary theme, from a historical, an aesthetic (e.g. literary) or interpretative sociological perspective. Teachers from the various disciplines present interdisciplinary topics from their respective standpoints, and in this way emphasise the interdisciplinary approach.

Course Description

  • The topics in this course are the various perceptions of nature in Norwegian and European culture as they are expressed and represented:
  • in the connection between Norwegian nature, the economic basis, cultural patterns and self-perception
  • in European culture generally, especially in relation to the history of ideas in the Romantic Age and the Enlightenment.
  • in pictorial art, in fiction and Norwegian traditional texts
  • in the media and contemporary culture

Learning Methods

Instruction in a specialisation course is in the form of seminars with 3-6 hours per week in the spring semester.

Assessment Methods

Students must submit a term paper which is based on the syllabus material which counts for 20% of the final grade. For specialisation courses, students must hold a trial lecture of 40-45 minutes duration for one of the courses, and for the other course they will be orally examined. This assessment counts for 80% of the final grade of the specialisation course.

The candidates may select which specialisation course for their trial lecture, but the department will select the question of the term paper. The candidates must give notice when registering for the particular course what type of assessment they wish.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Birgit Norendal <> - 11/03/2008