spring 2021
KVI-3211 Arctic Images in Art, Visual Culture and the Museum, c. 1600-2020 - 10 ECTS

Last changed 11.08.2021

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester

Type of course

This course is optional for students in the master's programme in Art  History. It is a flexible, online course that welcomes participation from external as well as campus students and may be taken as a single course by students who meet the admission requirements for the MA programme in Art history.

Admission requirements

A bachelor's degree, or equivalent degree degree, is required with a specialization (80 ECTS) in art history. In addition, a grade average of C (2,5) or higher is required in the courses included in the study in the Bachelor's degree program. Students with a master's degree must have intermediate subjects with an average grade of 2.7 or higher in the subject that form the basis for admission.

Application code 9371 - single courses at master's Level.

Course overlap

HIF-3211 Arctic Images 10 stp

Course content

The course has a broad perspective on art related to the Circumpolar North/Arctic. The empirical data includes visual arts from the 17th century to the present, as well as photography and other recent media. Through close study of works and projects, the course focuses on the significance and role of the Circumpolar North concerning connections between art, society and the environment. Questions about an Arctic iconography and historiography will be addressed. The same applies to discussions about the roles of art in relation to concepts such as representation, narrativity, performativity, appropriation, memory / monument, gender, identity, ecology and exhibition. Central to the course is a/n consideration/understanding of the Arctic as an arena for current national and global societal challenge

Objectives of the course

Students will have the following learning outcomes:


  • a thorough knowledge of art related to the Arctic, from the 17th century to the present
  • a basic knowledge of arctic discourses and indigenous issues
  • a basic understanding of methods, concepts and interpretations related to art and society, visual representation


The student is able to / can:

  • use the academic language confidently, both spoken and written
  • conduct analytical work at a level required by a major scientific work
  • discuss the syllabus literature and use relevant theoretical concepts in a precise and independent manner.
  • Use relevant critical approaches to develop independent insights about particular texts  

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

All learning activities will take place online, in Canvas: 

3 modules with 6 online lectures in total:

  • Arctic iconography                 
  • The Arctic at the museum                 
  • The Arctic in contemporary art

6 online seminars:

the lecturer presents an introduction/ short presentation of the relevant topic/s in Canvas before the online seminar. Each seminar focuses on a selected work or topic, with relevant texts from the syllabus. Students write and publish a comment (scope: min.100-max. 300 words), which serves as a starting point for the exam/term papers. Active participation in the seminars is required.

All courses are evaluated once during the period of the study programme. The board of the programme decides which courses will be evaluated by students and lecturer each year


The following coursework requirements must be completed and approved in order to take the final exam: 

  • Active, oral participation in a minimum of 4 online seminars
  • 4 written comments (scope: min.100-max. 300 words), published in Canvas in advance of the seminar

     Coursework requirements will be assessed as approved / not approved.

The exam comprises:

3 term  papers each 4 pages / a total of 12 pages (developed from texts submitted as comments to the online seminars) 

Term papers should use the following standard: Times New Roman, 12 point, 1.5 line spacing, 2.5 cm margins. The term papers will be assessed on an A-F grades scale. Grades are A-E for passed and F for failed.

A re-sit examination is offered in the event of a fail/F-grade. The deadline to register (in the Studentweb) for a re-sit examination is January 15th for the autumn semester and August 15th for the spring semester. In the event of a re-sit examination, the student is allowed to submit a revised version of his/her term paper within a given deadline.


  • About the course
  • Campus: Digitalt | Annet |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: KVI-3211