TOD106 From Ibsen to Fosse

Course code: 
1 semester
Credits (ECTS): 
Level of study: 
Foundation level (bachelor’s degree level)
Teaching semester: 
2017 Autumn
Program of study: 
Theatre and Drama (Bachelor)
Assessment semester: 
2017 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Required prerequisite knowledge

Students must have completed 60 ECTS in the fine arts or humanities. A good command of English i essential.

Course content

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for International students to study Norwegian drama and culture in the country of its origin.
Students will study drama and litterature from the latter part of the nineteenth century up to the present day, i.e: Henrik Ibsen, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Jesper Halle, Cecilie Løveid, Arne Lygre and Jon Fosse.
Some of the issues to be discussed are:

  • female emancipation and sexuality
  • individual freedom
  • jealousy and desire
  • power and abuse of power
Learning outcome

In accordance with the National Qualifications Framework the student will achieve the following learning outcomes after completing the course:

Learning outcome knowledge

The student:  

  • has knowledge of the main tendencies in the development of Norwegian literature and culture from 1850 to 2000. 
  • has in depth knowledge about a certain theme or author.
  • has basic knowledge of critical theory, feminism and literary analysis.
Learning outcome skills

The student:  

  • can formulate an independent set of arguments in relation to a particular aspect of the course, both orally and written.
  • can analyze and discuss dramas and litterature in relation to different issues and values.  
Learning outcome qualification

The student

  • can present and discuss knowledge and meanings induvidually and in groups.
Working and learning activities

The course consists of:

  • seminars and workshops.
  • lectures.
  • film viewings.
  • play readings.
  • work in groups and individually.

The course includes a days school trip at the students own expence. 

Assessment requirements


The course requires an active participation, and has compulsory attendance. 
See: Regulations governing studies and examinations is to be found at Volda University College, on attendance/participation in teaching.

Course work:

  • An oral and/or artistic presentation in groups or individually, that addresses key themes taught on this course.
Evaluation system

Grading will be done in accordance with the Regulations governing admission, studies and examinations at Volda University College.


The course will be evaluated according to the University College’s routines for quality assurance. 

Minimum number of students: 
Maximum number of students: 
Person in charge: 
Vibeke Preus
Wenche Torrissen

A range of different plays will be leanded out, and failure to hand them in will lead to a find of 200 nkr per play.

This course is part of these study programs
Erasmus Exchange Programme
Theatre and Drama (Bachelor)
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionCommentSupported materialScope
Home examIndividual2WeeksA-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade100Supervision will be given, and students will be expected to revise their answer according to the feedback given.All2500-3000 words
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
Comment:Supervision will be given, and students will be expected to revise their answer according to the feedback given.
Supported material:All
Scope:2500-3000 words
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