TEGN1101 - Deaf Studies 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 3 hours E

Course content

In TEGN1101 students will get to know the world as seen from a Deaf perspective, and find out what educational opportunities and life possibilities deaf and deaf-blind people have had during different times. They will get to know how Norwegian Sign Language and cultural expressions are anchored in the history of deaf people and have affected the development of organizations of deaf people. Throughout history, majority society has had differing views of and perspectives on deaf people as a minority, and this can be seen from the rights of deaf people and various institutions involved in their lives. Important perspectives covered are the medical perspective and the modern technical/medical equipment it offers versus a linguistic and cultural perspective, with central concepts like a positive Deaf identity, Deafhood and Deaf Gain.

Learning outcome


- have knowledge about how Norwegian Sign Language and cultural expressions are anchored in the history of deaf people

- have knowledge about the history of Deaf Education and its importance for the Deaf community

- know the history and development of organizations for deaf people and the importance this has had for the lives of Deaf people in the Nordic countries

- know the history and development of the rights of deaf people and institutions involved in their lives, in the Nordic countries

- know how majority society's view of deaf people and Norwegian Sign Language has changed over the years

Learning methods and activities

  • Lectures, group- and class discussions, a walking tour of the city, and a visit to the Norwegian Museum of the Deaf.
  • 80% compulsory attendance. (Failure to comply with this can be compensated in accordance with instructions from the teacher.)
  • Approved obligatory assignments are valid for 2 semesters (the semester in which the approval is given, plus the following semester). All obligatory assignments must be completed in the same semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignment
  • Oral presentation
  • 80% compulsory attendance

Further on evaluation

Written exam, 3 hours. No examination aids allowed.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department. It is not possible for students who have passed the exam in TEGN1101 to retake the exam in a semester where this course is not taught. Students who did not pass the exam, or who did not complete the exam due to illness may submit the exam in a semester where this course is not taught; however, they will not receive any supervision.

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the BA-program in Norwegian Sign Language, the one-year program in Norwegian Sign Language or the Teachers' Training Program.

Course materials

The reading list will be announced at the beginning of the semester

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
LTOT1001 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian, Norwegian Sign Language

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Norwegian Sign Language and Interpreting
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-12-19 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL415 Sluppenvegen 14 35
Spring UTS School exam 100/100 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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