Language: NOR | ENG

2ENL51-13 The Great War through Film and Literature


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


The student

  • has comprehensive knowledge about the causes and effects of the Great War, its impact on the 20th century and its relevance for today’s society
  • has comprehensive knowledge about cultural and artistic expressions and representations of the Great War
  • has comprehensive knowledge of significant events, major developments and key players pertaining to the Great War
  • has knowledge about theories relevant for the study of literature and film
  • has knowledge about central theories relevant for the study of history


The student

  • can analyse literary texts and other relevant artistic expressions
  • can identify basic literary and cinematic devices and styles
  • can discuss in depth topics relevant for the course
  • can apply theoretical perspectives in analysing literature and film  

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 course provides a solid foundation for a better understanding of the war experience through the study of literature and film. Students will gain a broader understanding of, as well as new perspectives on, events and issues such as the legacy of the Somme, war poetry, the struggle for female emancipation, the Irish Question, media and the war, Norway’s role as a “neutral ally” and the decline of the British Empire. The course will further look at the impact of the war on the national psyches of the belligerents, with a particular focus on the British and Commonwealth dimension.
  • 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.

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.