IKF305 Socio-Cultural Specialisation

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Course code: IKF305

Course name: Socio-Cultural Specialisation

Semester: Spring

Location: Bergen

Academic year: 2017–2018

Language: English

Credits: 5 ECTS Credits

Available for course students: No

Required prerequisite knowledge

The student must have followed the courses IKF301 and IKF302 to continue on IKF305.

Relevance within study programme

Elective course in the ICSM-program.

Learning outcomes descriptors

Specific learning outcomes  


The candidate has

  • knowledge on ethnic, religious and socio-cultural relations specific to the Master thesis– theme.
  • knowledge of historical key events, relevant cultural and religious traditions specific to the regional contexts for the Master thesis.


The candidate

  • can analyse and apply relevant knowledge for research and scholarly and /or development work.
  • can search and find relevant and valid information on specific cultural contexts.

General competence

The student can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the selected cultural context, can apply general intercultural theory to a particular context and find relevant and valid information. 


Students may compose their own course of sociocultural and national/ethnic specialisation based on their own research interests and career plans. The aim of the course is to prepare the student for field work in a particular cultural and geographical context or with a particular ethnic group. The choice of syllabus should be discussed with and acknowledged by a course supervisor. For the time being we can offer specialisation on Africa, Europe, Latin-America, China and Japan. The self-composed syllabus must be submitted in It–s learning within given deadlines.

Teaching and learning methods

Self-tuition. The reading-list has to be handed in and approved by the supervisor at the beginning of the semester.


150 hours. This includes self-study.

Coursework requirements

Develop a research question on the sociocultural background with relevance to the master thesis. At the beginning of the semester select 4-500 pages self-composed curriculum with relevance to the master thesis. The student must hand in the self-composed curriculum developed in dialog with a supervisor.

Grading, coursework requirements

Approved/not approved

Final assessment

Each student will be tested through an academic report of approx. 2500 words. The student can either ask to be given a research question or the student may develop a research question and apply for acceptance of this question.

Permitted aids under examination

All aids permitted.

Grading, examination

The literature review will be graded according to the normal ECTS grading scale from A to F, in which E or better is necessary in order to pass the examination.

Assessment language






Incompatible courses

This course overlap IKF304 with 5 ECTS.

Course evaluation

Annually course evaluation in accordance with the quality assurance system for NLA University College. Students may also give their feedback on the course in the student group/ in class.

Available for Course Students



Approx. 400-500 pages self-composed curriculum