ENG2455 - History and Politics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio assessment 100/100

Course content

This course will explore a specific theme within the field of Anglophone political cultures in relation to a particular historical period. The course will give students in-depth knowledge of appropriate research methods for the study of history and culture, which they were introduced to at the 1000-level. Students will work with a range of sources and texts so that they can further develop their critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. The course provides the basis for further studies in history and culture at the 3000-level.

A more detailed description of the academic content will be available along with the reading list at the beginning of the semester.

Learning outcome


Candidates who have passed this course

  • have in-depth knowledge of the history and politics of one or more Anglophone societies
  • have specific insights into critical perspectives on the particular theme of the course
  • have a greater understanding of specialized texts and sources used in the study of history and culture


Candidates who have passed this course

  • can debate political, social, and cultural issues from historical and contemporary perspectives
  • can analyze and discuss a range of texts and sources both in the classroom and in different forms of academic writing
  • can make effective use of scholarly practices such as close reading, source evaluation, and the dissemination of knowledge
  • can produce independent pieces of work that closely follow the requirements of academic writing in relevant disciplines

General competence

Candidates who have passed this course

  • have further developed their critical thinking, reading, and writing skills in history and culture
  • can engage with different interpretations of specific historical and cultural developments in Anglophone societies
  • are able to demonstrate a very good command of English

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and/or seminar sessions and/or supervision. Students are required to use the course learning platform regularly.

Students should expect that this 7.5 credit course equates with approximately 10 hours of work per week, including teaching time.

Compulsory assignments

Written work(s) (maximum 2000 words in total).

Approved obligatory assignment is only valid for the semester in which the approval is given.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written work(s) (maximum 2000 words)

Further on evaluation

Assessment: Portfolio assessment. The portfolio consists of several different texts (approx. 3000 words in total), one of these texts may be a revised version of an obligatory assignment in the course. The submissions will receive an overall grade. All the submissions will have to receive a pass grade for the whole of the portfolio to receive a pass grade. Students who fail must rewrite all the texts in the portfolio.

It is not possible for students who have passed the exam in ENG2455 to retake the exam in a semester where this course is not taught. Students who did not pass the exam, or who did not complete the exam due to illness may submit the exam in a semester where this course is not taught; however, they will not receive any supervision.

The exam must be answered in English.

Course materials

Students should make every effort to attend all teaching sessions as the exam may test knowledge of concepts that are not discussed in the written course materials. Curriculum/reading list will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • English
  • English Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Social Studies
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Portfolio assessment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Portfolio assessment 100/100 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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