HFO1003 - Diversity and integration: Transcultural dynamics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

Norwegian society has become more socially and culturally diverse. What diversity entails and how we can build a sustainable society characterized by trust and belonging are therefore fundamental questions. The course will provide an introduction to diversity in a Norwegian context and explore how notions of diversity come into play in for example literature, music and religion. In debates about how to deal with diversity; integration and inclusion have often been presented as aims. The course will provide knowledge about various aspects regarding diversity, including ethnicity, race, gender and sexuality, and study diversity and integration as historical and cultural phenomena and as transcultural dynamics. Humanistic perspectives on equality and difference provide the basis for raising new issues and ways of exploring cultural and societal understandings. In this course, this is done through thematically organized project work.

Learning outcome

Learning outcomes

Candidates who have completed this course will have knowledge of:

  • central aspects regarding social and cultural diversity in a Norwegian context
  • various perspectives on integration and diversity
  • important concepts such as integration, diversity, culture, 'Norwegianness', equality and difference, sexuality and gender equality
  • how the humanities can contribute to our understanding of diversity and integration as cultural phenomena and ideals

Candidates who have completed this course will have the skills to:

  • define and use central concepts regarding diversity, integration, culture, 'Nowegianness', equality, inequality, sameness and difference
  • apply theoretical concepts and analytical tools to reflect upon widespread ideas and pre regarding ethnicity/nationality, gender, sexuality, religion, language and other ways of categorizing people and groups
  • formulate a research question related to a given topic and answer it by taking part in a project

General competencies

Students who complete this course will have general competencies in

  • Collaborative learning
  • Project work

Learning methods and activities

The first half of the semester is based on lectures followed by a period of seminar training, where the students work on a project in groups. The project is presented in the end of the semester.

Compulsory activities:

  • Project outline / project plan (in groups)
  • Weekly logs during the project period (in groups)
  • Presentation of the project (in groups)
  • 80 % participation in seminars is required

Compulsory activities during the seminar training are conducted in groups. In order to take the exam, approval of compulsory activities is required. Students are obliged to keep updated on information from department or course instructor in Blackboard.

Compulsory assignments

  • Several compulsory activities

Further on evaluation

Individual semester assignment (term paper) submitted digitally in Inspera, at the end of the semester. The course instructor will present the question text for the semester assignment in the first half of the semester (before the project period).

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • The Humanities
  • Social Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture


Examination arrangement: Assignment

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





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100





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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