autumn 2022
ENG-3192 Literary and Cultural Theory - 10 ECTS

Application deadline

Applicants from countries within EU/EEA: 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 intended for students in the master's programme in English literature and students in the master's programme in teacher education year 8-13 (lektorutdanning trinn 8-13, studieretning engelsk, jf. progresjonskrav for år 4).

This course may be taken as a single course by students who qualify for admission to the master's programme in English Literature. Please see the admission requirements section.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS), or equivalent qualification, in English literature, or a degree combining English literature and a closely-related discipline (minimum 80 ECTS in English). An average grade equivalent to C or better (in the Norwegian grading system) is required.

Application code: 9371 - Enkeltemner på masternivå (Nordic applicants).

Course content

We will read key texts of critical theory from the early to the late Twentieth Century. The course is premised on the idea that theory informs each and every act of reading and interpretation. We will unravel and discuss the central tenets of each movement and the evolution of theoretical ideas throughout the century. Our readings of critical theory will then be put to use by engaging with a number of works of fiction to which we will refer throughout the semester. Students will apply the different tools of interpretation learnt in the course to their reading of these texts.

Objectives of the course

The students have the following learning outcomes:


Students will:

  • acquire a working knowledge of significant movements in twentieth century literary theory.
  • recognize the significance of theoretical thought to the appreciation and understanding of literature and culture.  
  • learn methods of applying literary and cultural theories to works of literature;


Students will:

  • develop an ability to articulate the broader ways in which literary theory applies to their own culture, global culture, and their own lives;  
  • learn to compare and synthesize the theories presented;
  • demonstrate their ability to relate to theoretical concepts both orally, through class participation, and in written form, in their responses and paper; and
  • locate, cite, and intelligently incorporate several sources into their final paper and shorter essays.

Language of instruction and examination

Language of instruction and examination: English.

Teaching methods

The course will be taught over thirteen weeks of two-hour seminars. There will be teaching-free periods for academic supervision.

Quality assurance: All courses undergo an evaluation once in a 2-year period at the master's level.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange students who meet the admission requirements, including prerequisites. Please see the Admission requirements" and the "Prerequisite" sections for more information.


Examination: Date: Grade scale:
Off campus exam Innlevering: 12.12.2022 kl. 13:00 A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Written responses Approved/ Not approved
Attendance or a written response Approved/ Not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

  • Five short written responses (1-2 pages) to the reading materials.
  • This course requires regular attendance. However, a distance learning version of the course will also be available. For students who miss more than 3 class meetings (or who wish to take the course as distance students), it will be possible to submit a 500-word response paper addressing the topic for each class meeting missed.

Re-sit examination

A resit exam is arranged for students who have not passed the last ordinary exam in this course.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: ENG-3192
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