ENG203 Litteratur og film

1 semester
Course code: 
Credits (ECTS): 
Level of study: 
Specialization level (bachelor’s degree level)
Full course name in Norwegian Nynorsk: 
Litteratur og film
Teaching semester: 
2019 Spring
Program of study: 
Bachelor in Language and Literature
Assessment semester: 
2019 Spring
Language of instruction: 
Required prerequisite knowledge

Year course in English or equivalent (60 credits)

Course content

The course explores different forms of adaptations, and chiefly adapatations between literature and film. It does so primarily by comparing original works of literature with their subsequent adaptation(s) into film, but it may take an event, myth or story and investigate how and why this has been adapted and reflected differently in each of these two media. As a consequence, students will come to understand how and why filmic adaptions differ from their literary equivalents. Texts and films will be selected from different historical periods and from across the English-speaking world in order to demonstrate how these two media are not solely defined or constrained by their two separate sets of artistic techniques, but that they are also influenced by the historical, social and cultural environment from which they emerge and with which they engage.

Learning outcome

In accordance with the national qualification framework, the student has achieved the following learning outcomes after completing the course:

Learning outcome knowledge

After completing the course, the student should be familiar with:

  • the basic characteristics of literature and film – their formal properties
  • basic adaptation theory – similarities and differences between literature and film as artistic forms
  • the influence of historical, social and cultural contexts upon individual films, original works of literature, and their adaptations
  • how to write more extensive academic essays in English
Learning outcome skills

After completing the course, the student is able to:

  • analyse the structure and artistic techniques of a selection of literary works and films
  • present and make use of adapation theory
  • understand how and why filmic adaptations differ from their literary sources
Learning outcome qualification

After completing the course, the student is able to:

  • discuss individual works of literature and film, as well as the relationship between them, using the standard terms developed in literary studies and film studies
  • write and talk persuasively and effectively about literature and film in academic English
Working and learning activities

Teaching is provided through lectures, discussions and individual supervision.

Assessment requirements

Each student must give a short oral presentation, individually or in groups. Each student must also submit a first draft of the individual written essay. The topic for the essay is to be chosen together with, and approved by, the course lecturer. Each student has the right to one individual meeting with their supervisor, and to receive written feedback on their first draft. Both work requirements must be submitted within the deadline provided at the beginning of the term, and both need to be accepted before the student may sit for the exam.

Evaluation system

Sensur blir gjennomført i samsvar med Forskrift om opptak, studium og eksamen ved Høgskulen i Volda.


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

Maximum number of students: 
Person in charge: 
Svenn-Arve Myklebost
This course is part of these study programs
Bachelor in Language and Literature
English specialization
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionCommentSupported materialScope
OppgaveIndividual 1SemesterA-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Adjusting oral examinationIndividual 45MinutesA-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade100
Form of assessment:Oppgave
Duration: 1
Type of duration:Semester
Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Supported material:
Form of assessment:Adjusting oral examination
Duration: 45
Type of duration:Minutes
Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Supported material:
Approval signature: 
Svenn-Arve Myklebost