LBAS1001 - Introduction to archives and museums


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 3 days ALLE

Course content

Academic content
This course introduces archives and museums as places of work, and archival science and museology as fields of study. Questions to be explored are: what are archives and museums, and what role do they play as links and mediators between the individual and society, and between the past and the present?

The course focuses on the differences between physical and digital archives and collections. Students are introduced to the more recent theoretical developments in this field, prompted by the evolution of digital archives and collections. The course focuses on concepts and theories central to the study of archives and museums, as well as the political framework and values that govern and influence these sectors. What are the basic characteristics of museums and archives? How does information become archives, and how does a collection become a museum? Why are archives and museums important in society and for individuals?

Learning outcome

The student
- is familiar with the main aspects of Norwegian policy for archives and museums.
- is familiar with the main differences between digital and analog archives and collections.

The student
- is able to explain how archives and collections are created, managed, developed and used.
- is able to discuss differences and similarities between archives and museums.
- is able to account for the main developments in the evolution of archives and museums as fields of study.

General competencies
The student
- is able to describe the structures and main actors and functions in the Norwegian archival landscape

Learning methods and activities

A combination of lectures and excursions.

Compulsory assignments

  • Qualification essay

Further on evaluation

Required course work

Term paper

The topics and particulars about the term paper will be announced at the start of the semester. The paper can be written individually or in groups, and it will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. If a student or a group fails in the first attempt, an improved version of the assignment must be handed in within a week of the assessment. All required assignments must be passed before students can write the course exam.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

A final version of the reading list will be posted on Blackboard before the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
ILU6001 15.0 01.07.2017
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Version: A
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Sciences
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education



Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Home examination 100/100 ALLE 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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