KULMI2710 - Local History with Archivistics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 6 hours

Course content

Local history is a sub-field with rich traditions in Norway, among skilled historians as well as amateur historians. Introduction to themes and practices within local history is a part of this course. The aim is to provide an introduction to different ways to study the history of local communities: one approach focuses on the history of the local community in its own right, another takes a more general perspective, where the local community serves as a point of departure for studying larger historical processes, nationally or globally. The course also focuses on cultural heritage in a local context. The course will provide an introduction to archive search and collecting of different types of source material that are commonly used in local history research. The course will also examine how different social units can be studied: the family or household as a society's smallest component, rural communities, cities and regions. Examples and source material will be from the period after ca. 1660 and up to present times.

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 has basic knowledge of

  • local history as historical discipline and practice
  • different kinds of historical research using local communities as framework
  • history of relevance for researching local communities
  • cultural heritage in a local context
  • archives and their organisation, retrieval and use of sources relevant for historical research on local communities
  • collecting data by registrations and interviews


The candidate

  • has qualifications to take part in local historical work
  • can apply theories on local history to understand and evaluate concrete studies
  • can apply theories and concrete knowledge of historical relevant subjects to do research of local character
  • has basic skills in analysing cultural heritage in different local contexts
  • can find and utilise relevant sources for research on historical topics
  • has basic skills in collecting data and conducting interviews.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars and excursions. Mandatory term paper.

Compulsory assignments

  • Term paper

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Reading list and selected source material.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HIST2710 15.0 SPRING 2006
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

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





Room Building Number of candidates
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