ARK1002 - Cultural History and Material Culture


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 70/100 1 weeks
Home examination 30/100 6 hours

Course content

The course has an emphasis on Norway and the Nordic countries. It is based on material culture as a point of departure for understanding cultural history, and starts with an introduction to contemporary archaeology and the material culture of the present. Then the course moves backwards in time, through historical archaeology and towards the stone age and the pioneer settlement of the Scandinavian area. Hands-on courses on archaeological materials and field trips to various parts of Central Norway is included in the course, through which materials and artefacts, landscape, cultural heritage and the long lines in history are examined.

Learning outcome

A candidate who has passed the course is expected to have the following learning outcomes according defined as knowledge and skills:


The candidate

  • Has broad knowledge of Nordic cultural history seen from a European perspective, from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age and early historical age and has an overview of the source material from these periods
  • Has complementary knowledge of archaeological relics, processes, morphology and raw materials, material types and conservation
  • Has a broad overview of methods of analysis of archaeological objects


The candidate

  • Can describe and discuss current topics in Nordic cultural history from the Stone Age to the present age, and see the Nordic cultural area in a wider context
  • Can recognize, date and analyze archaeological relics, as well as distinguish between natural and man-made objects.

Learning methods and activities

The course instruction is provided in the form of lectures, seminars, material course, field work/excursions and exercises. The course assessment consists of a written exam and a home assignment, which are weighted respectively 30/70.

Mandatory activities: Prior to sitting for the exams, the students must attend a minimum of 3/4 of the teaching. 2 written assignments must be completed in order to take the exams.

Compulsory assignments

  • 2 written exercises
  • 75% attendance

Further on evaluation

Both the written exam and homework must be passed in the same semester. A grade is given on the individual parts before an overall grade is set. For the course to be passed, both exam parts must be graded passed. In case of failure, both parts must be taken again.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Archaeology (BARK)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the B.A. in Archaeology or Cultural Heritage. Requires a pass grade in ARK1001 or equivalent approved course.

Course materials

A reading list containing information about textbooks and aids is published each semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
ARK1112 7.5 AUTUMN 2015
ARK1113 7.5 AUTUMN 2015
ARK1114 7.5 AUTUMN 2015
ARK1115 15.0 AUTUMN 2015
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  22.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Archaeology


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 70/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 70/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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