LITT3002 - Theoretical Approaches to Literature


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

This course gives a thorough introduction to selected theoretical approaches to literature and/or cultural history, in some cases from a more general standpoint of the philosophy of science. The course will focus on one or more theories or compare a range of different theories.

The course is taught in four variants related to different degree programs in language studies. Students will follow the variant taught in the language they have chosen to study. More detailed course descriptions for each of the variants offered, including learning outcomes for each variant, will be made available in the reading lists/curriculum at the beginning of the semester.

Learning outcome

Candidates who have passed this course


  • are able to explain and discuss the main characteristics of selected theoretical approaches to literature
  • can present, discuss and compare different theoretical approaches to literature
  • can discuss the relationship between different texts and theories, literature and society and how they work together
  • are able to apply selected theoretical approaches to literary texts and expressions.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures/seminars. The course is taught in the target language (the language which the student is studying). 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.

An approved obligatory assignment is valid for 2 semesters (the semester in which the approval is given, plus the following semester).

Compulsory assignments

  • 1-2 compulsory assignments

Further on evaluation

The course is assessed by a written home examination (approx. 4000 words, 5 days). The exam must be answered in the target language.

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 AUTUMN 2017
ALIT2201 7.5 AUTUMN 2017
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: German, English, French, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Comparative Literature
  • English
  • English Literature
  • French
  • French Literature
  • Comparative 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 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 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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