NORD1001 - Introduction to Scandinavian language and literature


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination and written examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 40/100 2 hours E
Home examination 60/100 3 days A

Course content

NORD1001 Introduction to Scandinavian language and linguistics introduces the students to Scandinavian Studies as a field of study and gives an overview of the various subfields of Scandinavian Studies. Students are presented with the central issues in Scandinavian Studies and acquire basic knowledge which will prepare them for further studies. On the one hand, the course offers an overview over Scandinavian language and literature as an academic field, its place in society, and the relationship to Norwegian as a school subject. On the other hand, it provides the students with basic knowledge and skills required for all students of Scandinavian studies, which include recognizing, describing, and producing academic texts.

Learning outcome

Candidates who have passed this course


  • have basic knowledge of what constitutes language and literature
  • have a general overview over typical traditional and contemporary questions and issues central to language and literature as scientific studies
  • have general knowledge of the role played by Scandinavian language and literature in our society and in our school
  • have knowledge of basic terminologies within the field of study
  • have basic knowledge about the characteristics of academic texts


  • can employ relevant terminologies in their own writing
  • have basic skills in academic writing
  • master central aspects of academic debate, including drawing on several, different sources in the discussion and outline of relevant academic topics
  • master central aspects of the prerequisites of academic discourse, such as accountability and use of references and sources.

Learning methods and activities

The course consists of lectures and groups/seminars. The groups/seminars are hands-on workshops, where the teacher education students are organized in separate groups.

Obligatory assignments

Up to 3 approved oral or written assignments as determined by the lecturers of the course. Teacher education students submit one assignment tailored to their future profession. Students can choose which written form of Norwegian ("bokmål" or "nynorsk") they use for their exam and their obligatory assignments. All obligatory assignments must be approved before students can take their exam, and approved obligatory assignments are valid for 2 semesters (the semester in which the approval is given, plus the following semester).

Specific conditions

Obligatory activities from previous semesters may be approved by the department.

Compulsory assignments

  • Up to 3 approved oral or written assignments

Further on evaluation

Assessment: Multiple choice test (2 hours, no supporting material) and a written home examination (approx. 2000 words, 3 days). The multiple choice test counts 40% of the grade and the home examination 60%. Both parts of the exam must be passed to pass the course.

Each of the exams are graded separately, but only the final grade will be listed on official diplomas and transcripts of records from NTNU. Both written exams as well as the oral examination must receive the grade E or better in order for the student to receive a passing grade.

Students who fail the multiple choice test or who cannot sit this exam due to documented illness will be allowed one further attempt at this exam before the end of the semester.

Course materials

A reading list for the course will be available at the beginning of the semester. The students will read a selection of texts on the history of Scandinavian studies, language and literature as objects of knowledge, and the role of Scandinavian studies in society (e.g. as a school subject).

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
EXFAC0017 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Scandinavian Language
  • Scandinavian Literature
  • Scandinavian Language and Literature
  • Scandinavian Literature
  • Scandinavian Linguistics
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: Home examination and written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 60/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD School exam 40/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 60/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 40/100 E 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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