Course description

Norwegian Culture and History - An Introduction


The purpose of the course is to give the students an insight into Norwegian history, culture and society with an emphasis on politics, economics and culture from 1814 until today. Norwegian culture means culture in a traditional sense, with in-depth studies of selected topics such as literature, music, architecture and visual art. There will also be excursions to Norwegian heritage sites.

Course content

The course consists of the following topics:

  • Norwegian History: 800-1800
  • Norwegian History: 1814-1945
  • Norwegian History: 1945-1970
  • Norwegian History: 1970- present day
  • Cultural history: the national projects
  • Cultural representations - past and present: Literature. Paintings-visual art. Music. Architecture and design.
  • Norwegian Business and Economic History -in an international perspective
  • The Democratic Capitalism Thesis and the Nordic model
  • Norway’s oil economy
  • Gender Equality in Norway

Learning outcome knowledge

  • Attain a basic familiarity with Norwegian history, culture and society
  • Attain knowledge of the Norwegian democratic tradition in politics and business
  • Appreciate the significance of Norwegian cultural heritage in both national and international contexts
  • General understanding of the history and current state of Norwegian business, with an emphasis on state ownership and the petroleum economy

Exam organisation

  • Written exam: 100%