LITT3001 - Research Methods in Literature Studies


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 5 days

Course content

This course will provide insight into central methodological issues within the field of literature studies. A primary goal is to give students an understanding of the diversity of methods that characterizes literary criticism. What methods can we make use of to study literature and what is the importance of literature in society and in schools? The course aims to train students in developing research questions and to assess the applicability and relevance of different research methods, thus providing them with the foundation for developing individual master’s projects.

Among others, the course will discuss the following topics:
- Methods for examining the relationship between literature and society, literature and history, author and text, and questions related to the literary canon
- Methods for examining the relationship between literature and form, genre and thematics
- Methods for examining the relationship between literature, reading and reception
- The use of physical and digital archives
- Methods for researching teaching of literature in schools

Learning outcome

Candidates who have passed this course
- are able to evaluate the applicability and relevance of different research methods in the research of others as well as in their own.
- can develop research questions in literature studies and at the same time describe what methods may be applicable to examine various problems
- can discuss how different approaches to literature may result in different interpretations of the same text
- are able to apply terms in, and knowledge of, literature studies in practical work with literature
- are able to find and evaluate literary criticism
- have acquired skills in research methods which may be relevant for their own master’s projects

Learning methods and activities

Lectures/seminars. The course is taught in English or Norwegian. Students are expected to participate actively in the lectures/seminars for example by presentations, comments and other contributions. Students are required to use the course learning platform regularly.

Obligatory assignment:
A written assignment in groups where students discuss different methodological choices in working with a literary text. An approved obligatory assignment is valid for 2 semesters (the semester in which the approval is given, plus the following semester).

Compulsory assignments

  • 1 written assignment (in groups)

Further on evaluation

The course is assessed by a written home examination (approx. 4000 words, 5 days). The exam must be answered in Norwegian or English.

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.

Required previous knowledge

At least 7.5 credits (studiepoeng) of courses in literature at ENG2000-, FRA2000-, NORD2000-, or TYSK2000-level.

Course materials

Curriculum/reading list will be made available at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
LITT3000 7.5 01.09.2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • English
  • English Literature
  • French
  • French Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Scandinavian Language and Literature
  • Scandinavian Literature
  • German
  • German Literature
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature



Examination arrangement: Home examination

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