One-Year Programmes

The Department of English at Nord University offers two single-year programme options — one in Bodø and one in Levanger:

English One-Year Programme (3EN), Bodø Campus

Description

In an age where English is emerging as the common, global language for science, society and cultural exchange, English language skills are essential for participation in cultural and scientific debates.

The English One-Year Programme in Bodø provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of English language, with a focus on its practical, scientific and artistic aspects. Through engaging the field’s dynamic intellectual tradition, students develop their capacity for critical reflection within a broader cultural perspective.

The Programme includes a rich re-introduction to the English language in the context of American and British literature and culture from the early modern period until today, and makes it possible to understand and participate in international cultural developments and debates in which Norway plays a part. Students cultivate skills in language construction, research and writing, and critical thinking to allow them to express their opinions more clearly and through informed reasoning. A popular feature of the programme is the annual study trip to the Norwegian Study Centre in York, UK.

Our excellent lecturers have long educational and work experience from the UK and North America, and offer students a programme with an internationally high standard, in both the linguistic and cultural components.

The English One-Year Programme opens the doors to careers and further education for diverse range of occupations, both in Norway and abroad. It can form the basis of continuing into the three-year Bachelor of English degree, or serve as the beginning of many other educational and career pathways. It is therefore an ideal “starter programme” for recent high school graduates looking to experience university life, but who don’t know where to begin.

For more information, visit the 3EN Programme page and 3EN Study Plan page on the main Nord University website.

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Programme Model

The One-Year Programme consists of four courses of 15 ECTS credits each. The courses are English Language and Linguistics, British Studies (which includes the study trip to England), American Studies, and Research and Writing.

You will find below a list of all the classes that currently comprise the 3EN Programme, as of Fall 2021 (you can click to expand each course to read a full description). 

Autumn Semester

What do you know when you know a language? English Language and Linguistics studies this question by looking closely at English: how it is pronounced, how words, phrases, and sentences are formed, how it is acquired by children, how it is used in social context, how English varies in different parts of the English-speaking world, and how it has changed, and continues to change, over time.

British Studies is designed to make the student conversant with the literary tradition of Great Britain, as well as provide them with the variegated social, cultural, and historical contexts for each work. The course articulates four overarching themes – War, Death, and Heroism; Sex, Relationships, and Gender Roles; Dream, Prophecy, and Vision; Monarchy, Democracy, and Empire – to unify course content, encourage development of an historical consciousness, and provide specific critical entries into each work. In addition, the student will be introduced to a selection of current British young-adult fiction placed in a critical and didactic context. A one-week stay at the Norwegian Study Centre in York, England, is a feature of this course.

Spring Semester

Research and Writing is a course designed to acquaint the student with scholarly research methods, as well as familiarize them with the proper format for persuasively and elegant scholarly writing in the humanities. A major part of the course will be spent on an introduction to current thought in Critical Theory. In order to facilitate the development of graceful written English, the course presents a selection of various literary and scholarly texts as models and starting points for critical reflection.  

American Studies is designed to make the student conversant with the canonical literary tradition of the United States, as well as provide them with the variegated social, cultural, and historical contexts for each work. The course articulates four overarching themes – Frontier, Space and Wilderness; Hope, Struggle, and Transformation; Race, Rights, and Inequalities; and Markets, Materialism, and Money. In addition, the student will be introduced to a wide selection of American young-adult fiction placed in a critical and didactic context.

 English for Grades 5-10 (20ENG), Levanger Campus

Description

English is a global language and necessary for many different occupations and professions. The Levanger campus offers a one-year study of English with a focus on topics in education, language, literature and culture. This programme gives students good language skills in English, which gives students clear advantages in many careers. Together with a pedagogical education, it prepares students to teach English in schools. The study provides numerous opportunities to practice English and emphasizes active participation. There is close contact between teachers and students, which enables students to receive good feedback and follow-up.

For more information, visit the 20ENG Study Plan page on the main Nord University website.

Programme Model

You can read brief descriptions of the individual courses below.

You will find below a list of all the classes that currently comprise the 20ENG Programme, as of Fall 2021 (you can click to expand each course to read a full description).  

Autumn Semester

This course covers topics in language and literature, with an emphasis on children’s literature from the English-speaking world. The course treats central topics in English language and emphasizes the development of the student’s language skills and usage. The literature component introduces a wide selection of children’s literature as well as texts for the students’ personal growth, all placed in a critical, cultural, and didactic context. A one-week stay at the Norwegian Study Centre in York, England, is an obligatory part of this course. Students who can’t attend the trip to York will get an obligatory written assignment they have to do while the other students are in York.

Spring Semester

The course deals with topics related to language, text, and culture in the English-speaking world. The course offers students in-depth language knowledge as well as advanced discourse and literacy skills. Students will become familiar with a diverse selection of texts and cultural expressions placed in cultural and social contexts. The text selection allows for students’ personal and professional growth as well the development of their intercultural awareness and critical literacy skills.