SPRÅL3500 - Specialized Master's Topic 1: Area of Specialization related to the Master's Thesis


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Report
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 100/100 1 semesters

Course content

The aim of this course is to help students choose a topic for their master's thesis and find a supervisor(s) at the end of the semester. The focus of the course is to develop a project outline as a starting point for the master's thesis. The project outline should have a clear thesis and several work hypotheses is recommended. The student is asked to describe their method(s), source materials and other materials. The projects outline shall include a documentation of relevant literature and a draft for bibliography. Also, the student should present a plan for their work with the thesis.

Learning outcome

The candidate has:
- an understanding of basic ethical standards of research and scientific requirements
- acquired knowledge of bibliographic study, source review and source criticism for their master's thesis and the specific field of the master's thesis
- recognition and knowledge of the characteristics of an academic text
- knowledge of the requirements of academic publishing

The candidate:
- can design an independent research project and outline consequences and hypotheses
- can examine and consider methodological problems in relation to their research
- can predispose a research project
- has knowledge of bibliographic techniques
- can prepare and present a project outline
- can interpret research plans and drafts

Learning methods and activities

Seminars. Individual supervision.

Course requirements:
1-2 seminar presentations/activities.

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

Students at the master's program in Comparative Studies in Literature or in Scandinavian Studies, who study full time (any delays must be discussed with the department) should have their draft approved by the end of the first semester of study. An approved project outline is necessary to continue the work with the master's thesis.

Compulsory assignments

  • 1-2 seminar presentations/activities

Further on evaluation

Assessment: Approved outline for the thesis. The project outline shall be discussed in the seminar and handed in for approval by the end of the semester. The project outline will be evaluated by a committee of the student's academic supervisor and another teacher at the department.

The project outline will receive the grades approved/not approved and it should be approx. 5 pages.

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.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Comparative Literature (MALIT)
Language Studies with Teacher Education (MLSPRÅK)
Scandinavian Language and Literature (MNORD)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the Master's programme in Comparative Studies of Literature, the Master's programme in Scandinavian Studies, or Teaching Education including an M.A in Language Studies.

Course materials

Course material will be announced at the beginning of the semester if relevant.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
NORD3501 7.5 01.09.2016
LITT3500 7.5 01.09.2016
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of specialization hours: 2

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of specialization hours: 2

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature



Examination arrangement: Report

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 100/100

Release 2020-12-11

Submission 2020-12-18

Release 09:00

Submission 12:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved report 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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