HFEL0010 - Introduction to Norwegian History


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 4 hours

Course content

The course is an introduction to Norwegian history 1000-2000. The course focuses on the political, social and economic development of Norway from year 1000 to year 2000, from the Viking age to the present day. The main emphasis is on the time period after 1814. How did the Norwegian democracy and the post-war social democracy develop? We will look at the changing relationship between the state, the civil society and the markets. Why and how did Norway become a rich country?

Learning outcome

A candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome according to the course curriculum, and should gain a basic understanding of the roots of and most important political, economical and social changing processes of modern Norwegian society defined as knowledge and skills:


The candidate

  • should gain a basic knowledge of Norwegian history from the 9th century to the present
  • should gain a solid insight of Norwegian political, economical and social history ca. 1800 to the present


Students should be able to:

  • identify and analytically discuss key junctures and developments in Norwegian history
  • critically reflect on Norwegian history and contextualise contemporary and past development in a broader historical context

Learning methods and activities


Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Required reading will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HFEL0007 7.5 AUTUMN 2009
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • History
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Historical and Classical Studies


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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