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2EN48-11 Identities in Contemporary British and Irish Society


Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes:


The student

  • has knowledge, and understanding of, British and Irish culture and society in a historical perspective
  • has an understanding of the nature of national identities in the British Isles today
  • has an overview of the development of Britishness over time, and the particular challenges facing this identity today
  • has basic knowledge about theories relevant for the study of sociology 


The student

  • can discuss in depth topics relevant for the course
  • can apply theoretical perspectives in discussing national identities
  • can demonstrate an understanding of, and respect for different cultures
  • can keep up to date with current affairs   

General competence

The student

  • can communicate important academic subject matters such as theories, problems and solutions, both in writing and orally
  • has insight into relevant academic and professional ethical issues
  • can plan and carry out relevant assignments and projects over time, alone or as part of a group, and in accordance with ethical requirements and principles
  • can exchange opinions and experiences with others with a background in the field, thereby contributing to the development of good practice



  • This is an intermediate level course which gives an overview of British history and culture relevant for understanding present-day British and Irish society. The course offers fresh Insight and perspectives on contemporary society in the British Isles.
  • During the course the students will gain a broader understanding of recent political developments like devolution, the Northern Ireland Peace Process, the Scottish Independence movement and Brexit. British identities will be explored from national, regional, ethnic, racial, religious and class perspectives, providing students with an appreciation of the cultural and social impact of literature, film, artistic expressions, music and sport on the British and Irish character.
  • The course will enhance the student’s skills in academic writing and critical thinking, as well as training his/her competence in finding, using and referring to appropriate sources.
  • The course provides students with a foundation for further studies of the British Isles as an area.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Ways of working

Teaching takes the form of interactive lectures and seminars, student presentations and discussions. A digital learning platform is used for course information and guidance. Regular and active participation in seminars is required.

Obligatoriske krav som må være godkjent før eksamen kan avlegges

Obligatory requirements that must be approved in order to take the examination

  • An attendance record of at least 80 % according to the semester plan. Students are responsible for registration of attendance
  • 3 assignments (1 oral and 2 written) within specified deadlines for the course. The assignments must be approved by the teacher no later than 2 weeks before the exam



A portfolio consisting of two of written assignments. The portfolio will be graded on a scale from A to F. A is the highest pass grade and E is the lowest pass grade. Both content and English language skills must satisfy minimum requirements in order for a candidate to obtain a pass grade.