HIST1505 - Introduction to Historical Theory and Methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home exam
Grade: Letters
Term:  Autumn

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

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letters
Term:  Spring

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

Course content

The course provides an overview of how our understanding of the past emerges. Issues related to the development of the field of histroy and how history has been understood, presented and used are discussed in the course. The course is an obligatory module in the bachelor programme in history. By the end of the course it is expected that the students are able to discuss different empirical sources, make analysis based on historial knowledege, evaluate reasoning and presentation in historical texts. Students will enhance their academic writing proficiency and become familiar with the role and usage of history in society

Learning outcome

A candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome according to the course curriculum, defined as knowledge and skills:


The candidate

  • should know how knowledge about the past is obtained and constructed and be aware of the most common uncertainties and problems that a historian faces
  • should have knowledge about some main features in the historical field of research's development
  • should know something about the most central archives and sources
  • should have knowledge about central theories and methods within the field of history
  • should have knowledge of how history is written (constructed) from the source material, secondary literature up to the basic structures of historical narratives and analyses
  • should know the main problems that come with the use of historical knowledge


The candidate

  • should have some training in analyzing source material
  • can put together simple sources and discuss their credibility on a basic, but professional level
  • can analyze historical texts and understand the reasoning, use of sources and structure
  • can present and discuss basic theoretical and methodical questions by using terms from the field of history

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and mandatory exercises in group sessions and/or written assignments. The format of the excercises is announced in Blackboard at the beginning of the semester. Four-hour final exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Group lessons with a obligatory paper

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

See syllabus

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HIST2535 7.5 AUTUMN 2016
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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)
  • History
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Institutt for moderne samfunnshistorie


Examination arrangement: Home exam

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





Room Building Number of candidates

Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 2022-05-10 15:00 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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