Norway, Oslo

Art in Norway: From the Viking Age to the Present

when 28 June 2010 - 6 August 2010
duration 6 weeks
credits 9.9 EC
fee EUR 3635

The course provides a comprehensive survey of Norwegian visual culture from the early medieval period to the present, focusing primarily on painting, but also drawing attention to developments in sculpture, architecture, folk arts and design. The first part of the course focuses on archeological finds from the Viking Age, stave churches, the art of the Gothic and Romanesque periods, and the retention of the Nordic medieval tradition in the folk arts in the 17th and 18th centuries. The second part of the course examines the modern era from its origins in Neo-Classicism, the emergence of Romanticism, Symbolism, Impressionism and Expressionism, concluding with significant devel- opments in modern art.

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Target group

Undergraduate students from all fields of studies.

Course aim

The objective of the course is to enable students to analyze Norwegian art as a key to understanding Norwegian culture, as well as in its broader Scandinavian and European contexts, and also to develop an understanding of the vital role that Norwegian artists have played in shaping national identity.

Credits info

9.9 EC
Form of evaluation: Midterm written classroom examination (25%) and final examination (75%), consisting of slide identifications, definition of key concepts and terms, and essay questions. Grading is based on the ECTS grading system A-B-C-D-E-F.

Fee info

EUR 3635: On campus fee, room & board included