HIST1000 - Public history


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home exam
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

History in society is a joint course for students at different programs in historical studies. The course gives an introduction to how history, understood as conceptions of the past, is used by different actors and has various functions in society. Through varied activities such as group work, excursions and lectures, the students are provided with a broad introduction of the field of study. This is a multidisciplinary field with considerable relevance to study programs where terms such as past, memory, historical consciousness and identity are central. An important aspect of this course is to learn to use theory from this field of study to analyze and discuss concrete examples of uses of history in society.

Learning outcome

A candidate who have passed this course is expected to have the following total learning outcome, defined as knowledge and skills.


The candidate:

  • can distinguish between and explain different forms of uses of history and how they have influenced/influences society.
  • has knowledge of and understands central concepts, themes and typologies from the study field. Central concepts include past, history, public history/history didactics, conceptions, narratives, historical consciousness, identity, collective memories, space and materiality, myth and nation. Central themes include the use of history in identity making processes, nation building, everyday life and commercial contexts, as well as the preservation and dissemination of history in institutions (for example schools, museums, archives). Typologies refers to Klas Göran Karlson and Ola Svein Stugu's typologies and models for the analysis of functions, uses and arenas for the use of history.


The candidate:

  • can identify and analyze the role of history in central processes in society. - Can apply relevant explanatory models, theories and concepts to discuss the use of history in concrete examples

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, excursions, group work with blogs and log of learning activities and process. Log in connection with the group work and up to 10 blogs as part of the group work are obligatory activities. In special circumstances, students can apply for an exception from the group work and write a longer essay.

Compulsory assignments

  • Up to 10 blogs and corresponding logs

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

See curricula published at the start of the semester, and other materials (plans and information) published on Blackboard.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
EXFAC0015 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Teacher Education
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Historical and Classical Studies


Examination arrangement: Home exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home exam (1) 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Home exam (2) 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.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen. Please note that the exam form has changed as a preventive measure in the ongoing corona situation.
  • 2) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen. Please note that the exam form has changed as a preventive measure in the ongoing corona situation.

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