NORD2312 - Cultural Identity and Cultural Encounters in Literature


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 7 days

Course content

The course will cover literary representations of cultural encounter(s) and cultural identity. The course will more specifically discuss a selection of fiction from older times and the present that thematises cultural encounters, as well as migration and identity and multicultural societies. We will mainly focus on texts written in the Scandinavian languages, but relevant works from other languages may also be used. In addition to the fiction, the curriculum will consist of relevant literary- and cultural theory, for example on post colonialism, modernity and identity.

Learning outcome

Candidates will have obtained the following qualifications after successfully completing this course:


  • understand the connection between literature and cultural identity


  • use literary and cultural theory to understand processes of integration
  • discuss literature that thematise cultural meetings and the multicultural society
  • reflect on literary and cultural perceptions of 'Norwegianness'.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminar. Active and independent student participation is expected.

Obligatory assignments: Approved written and/or oral assignment(s) and/or test(s) (determined by lecturer). Approved obligatory assignments are valid for 2 semesters (the semester in which the approval is given, plus the following semester).

Obligatory assignments from a previous semester may be approved by the department.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory assignment(s)

Course materials

The reading list shall consist of 6-7 works with at least one theoretical work. (A theoretical work is equivalent to approx.150 pages). A reading list will be available on the first day of class.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
NORX2312 7.5 AUTUMN 2010
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Scandinavian Literature
  • Norwegian as a Second Language
  • Scandinavian Language and Literature
  • Scandinavian 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
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