Upper Level Course in History 2 (LHIS272)

This course provides students with a deeper insight into a specific historical topic. Through this the course provides students with knowledge and competence concerning the process of historical research. The course builds on previously developed skills and competence that students have developed through introductory courses in history, and it is expected that students will continue to build upon these foundations.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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The course will give a deeper insight into a historical topic, building on the expectation that students have prior experience in historical methods. The subject may cover social, economic, political, cultural, and/or didactic perspectives. Students will work with both scholarly research literature and primary sources within the given topic. The precise topic will be determined by the teaching staff and advertised well in advance of the course (in the preceding autumn).

Learning outcome


After completing the course, the student will

  • be able to explain selected theories, concepts, and perspectives within a specific historical topic.
  • be knowledgeable about research trends within the thematic area that the course covers.
  • be able to make historical comparisons across time and space - including mastery of specific details.
  • be able to recognize how humans constructed distinct lifeworlds in the past, but also how humans have been shaped by the historical contexts in which they have lived.
  • be able to explain how the present is shaped by the past in terms of both continuity and change.
  • be able to evaluate and critique historical arguments and explain how these have been created for different purposes, and how they may be improved. This includes arguments made by the students themselves.

Specific Competence 

After completing the course, the student will

  • be able to critically evaluate complex historical material, including digital and multimodal material and scholarly literature.
  • be able to participate in oral discussions concerning historical topics.
  • be able to present, consider, and discuss historical analyses and presentations.

General Competence 

After completing the course, the student will

  • be able to apply historical knowledge and historical modes of thought to representing and understanding contemporary society, 
  • be able to recognize and critique perspectives on specific historical topics, periods, or events.
  • be able to construct arguments based on scholarly foundations, using sources, theories, and methods in a precise and transparent manner.
  • be able to deploy analytical and critical thinking and understanding in fields other than history.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Advanced teacher students must have a minimum of 45 credit points or equivalent at introductory level in order to take the advanced course.


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home assignment 1/1 Letter grades

Antall ord: 3000 +/- 10 %There is a single written assignment at the end of the semester. In order to sit the exam, students must complete three mandatory assessments.

Coursework requirements

Three mandatory assessments, Mandatory participation 75%

Participation in at least 75 % of course meetings with written assessment.

Completion of three mandatory assessments.

Course teacher(s)

Study Adviser:

Anne Marie Nygaard

Method of work

Lectures and seminars. A reading list will be prepared for the subject, which students are expected to read and reflect upon individually. The lectures will give context and perspective to the literature and contribute to the students developing a more nuanced understanding of the historical period. Seminars will be discussion-based. It is expected that students participate actively in the seminars, as a key learning outcome of the course is the development of competence in oral presentation and argument in a scholarly context.

Open for

Advanced teacher education for levels 8-13

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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