autumn 2017

ARK-2100 Archaeology for Exchange Students - 30 ECTS

Sist endret: 19.01.2018

The course is provided by

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education


Tromsø |

Type of course

This course is intended for exchange students in Archaeology, and is open for those at an advanced stage of their BA study in archaeology.

Students should be participants in formal exchange programs between the Institute for Archaeology, History and Religion Studies and departments at other universities. Independent students also may apply. If you are interested, please write us a letter outlining your background in earlier archaeological studies, and proposing one or more potential topics of study.

Students are required to make an agreement with a staff member regarding supervision and a study topic well prior to arrival.

Admission requirements

Applicants from Nordic countries: Generell studiekompetanse

International applicants:  Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English.

A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education website -

Recommended prerequisites or equivalents Prospective students should have completed at least 30 ECTS credits in archaeology, which should include basic knowledge of theory, method and culture-history.

Course content

Students should choose a topic from the Department's special fields of competence, such as: Arctic archaeology, Sámi archaeology, heritage studies, ethnicity studies, theoretical archaeology and the archaeology of Northern Norway. The special fields open to study may change due to sabbaticals among members of the staff. Acceptance to the course depends on the possibility of finding a staff member able to supervise. At the beginning of the course, the student and supervisor will establish a concrete study plan.

Objectives of the course

Students who successfully complete this course should have achieved the following learning outcomes:


  • Have solid theoretical, methodological or culture-historical knowledge appropriate to the topic chosen for study  


  • Be able to develop an archaeological problem, apply relevant theoretical or methodological resources, and select data suitable to address the problem
  • Be able to reflect on, and justify, one's own scholarly choices and adjust them through supervision

General Competance

  • Have developed the ability to plan and implement a larger writing project that requires substantial research and organizational skills
  • Have developed the ability to discuss and reflect critically upon scholarly topics

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Students are offered 5 months of thematic study, with up to 40 hours (including preparation) of individual supervision by one of the staff members of the Department.


The course requirements consist of an essay of 20-30 pages (7000 -10 500 words) and an oral exam. The essay will be given a preliminary evaluation, which will be adjusted up or down into a final grade after the oral exam. The final grade is given on a scale of A-E for pass, F for fail.

The course is open for re-sit examination early in the following semester.

Date for examination

Essay hand in date 01.12.2017

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Recommended reading/syllabus

At the beginning of the program, the student and the supervisor will together select literature of about 1500 pages.

Marie Nystuen Berger

Marie Berger Nicolaysen

Studiekonsulent arkeologi
Telefon: +4777646326