ENG142 Literature and culture after 1900

1 semester
Course code: 
Credits (ECTS): 
Level of study: 
Foundation level (bachelor’s degree level)
Full course name in Norwegian Nynorsk: 
Litteratur, kultur og samfunn etter 1900
Teaching semester: 
2021 Autumn
Program of study: 
Bachelor in Language and Literature
Assessment semester: 
2021 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Required prerequisite knowledge


Course content

This course provides an introduction to literature, culture and society from the English-speaking world since 1900. It covers a broad selection of events and texts from the United States, Britain and other former British colonies, and equips the student with the skills required to understand, analyse and assess this material.

Learning outcome

In accordance with the national qualification framework, the student will have acquired the following learning outcomes on completing the course:

Learning outcome knowledge

After completing the course, the student will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • the most important formal and thematic traits of literary genres after 1900
  • central aspects of history, culture and society in Great Britain, the USA and other English-speaking countries after 1900
  • basic techniques of literary, cultural and historical analysis
  • the interplay between social history, literature, art and culture in this period
  • how to write a good academic essay in English
Learning outcome skills

After completing the course, the student will be able to:

  • analyse and evaluate modern literary texts in English, applying standard methods of literary analysis
  • assess and interpret political and historical events in English-speaking countries after 1900
  • use digital resources to analyse literature, culture and society
  • compare and assess the interplay between literature, art, trends and events in this period
  • write structurally and stylistically competent essays in English
Learning outcome qualification

After completing the course, the student will be able to:

  • analyse, evaluate and present information in a critical and coherent manner 
  • write persuasively and effectively in academic English
Working and learning activities

Teaching takes the form of lectures, discussions, group work and individual study. 

Assessment requirements

Each student is required to submit two work requirements that must be approved if the student is to be permitted to sit for the final exams. One is an essay on a c. 2000 word literary topic. The student receives feedback from the tutor and must submit a new version of the the essay within a specified deadline. In the second version the student must comment on the changes that have been made. Submitting two drafts is obligatory. The second work requirement is a c. 1000 word text on a history/society topic.

If an assignment is not accepted at first submission, the student has the right to submit a new version.

Attendance is compulsory for all scheduled classes. 75% attendance is required to sit for the exam.

Evaluation system

The course will be evaluated in accordance with the University College’s routines for quality assurance.

Maximum number of students: 
Person in charge: 
Timothy Saunders
Svenn-Arve Myklebost
This course is part of these study programs
Bachelor in Language and Literature
Year Course in English
Year Course in English
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionCommentSupported materialScope
Digital examinationIndividual6HoursA-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade1/3
Home examIndividual1WeeksA-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade2/3
Form of assessment:Digital examination
Type of duration:Hours
Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Supported material:
Form of assessment:Home exam
Type of duration:Weeks
Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Supported material:
Approval signature: 
Arne Myklebust