LBAS1001 - Introduction to archives and museums


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The course presents archival science and museology as fields of study, and gives an introduction to archives and museums as institutions and workplaces. Central concepts and terms, basic theories, historical developments, and political ideas and plans for archives and museums in Norway are introduced. The course also adresses digitization as phenomenon, and offers perspectives on the differences between physical and digital archives and collections management.

Some of the major questions explored in the course are: What are archives and museums? What features do archives and museum collections have that make them important to societies and individuals: before, now, and in the future? How have they developed historically, as fields of study, scientific subjects, and disciplines? How has digitization affected archival science and archive institutions, museology and museums?

Learning outcome


The student has knowledge about

  • what archives and museums are.
  • the variety of materials that archives and museums manage.
  • main working areas in archives- and collections management.
  • the Norwegian archive and museum landscape.
  • basic aspects of the history of archival science and museology.
  • main trends in the political agenda for archives and museums in Norway.
  • basic features of the digitization of society and of how this affects archives and museums.


The student can

  • describe the work that goes on in archive institutions and museums.
  • discuss similarities and differences between archives and museums.
  • give an overview of the development of archival science and museology as fields of study.
  • explain, in basic terms, how digitization has affected archives and museums.

General competence

The student

  • has a general understanding of what museums and archive institutions do.
  • is conscious of the significance of archives and museum collections for society and the individual.
  • sees archival science and museology in historical perspective.
  • can assess, in part, how digitization affects archives and museums.

Learning methods and activities

A combination of lectures, excursions, group assignments and written assignments. If practice institutions wish to use BA students for e.g. preliminary projects, workshops or trials of various kinds, we will facilitate cooperation.

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory work requirements in accordance with the course description

Further on evaluation

Mandatory activities

  • Written individual assignment or group assignment.

Mandatory activities are assessed on a pass-fail basis and must be passed in order for the student to take the course exam.

Course materials

The course reading list will be published on Blackboard at the beginning of term. Minor changes to the list may occur during term.

More on the course



Version: A
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Home examination

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





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Home examination 100/100 ALLE





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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