English. The language of instruction is English, but hand-ins and project work may also be done in Norwegian.
Upon successful completion of the course the students will
develop an understanding of the artistic expressions related to Beat culture
be able to account for the expression "Beat", the changes it has been through and the aesthetical parameters that have influenced these changes
dicuss and analyze artistic expression in terms of these aesthetic models
Beat Culture is an introduction to a radical, experimental tradition in art and literature in post WW2 America. These forms of artistic expression will be studied in an aesthetic-cultural framework that takes into account the contemporary social conditions as well as its historical roots in European, American, and non-Western culture. We will emphasize ideas that are similar or run parallel in radical and avant-garde literature and art.
The course includes literature and art. Instruction is in the form of lectures, seminars, workshops and excursions. The instruction combines theoretical understanding with hands-on practice, however literary or artistic abilities are not a prerequisite for taking this course. 80% compulsory attendance at seminars, workshops and excursions. The workload is estimated to 270 hours.
Students must have attended obligatory seminar groups, and passed the mid-term essay assignments.
Assessment methods and criteria
Final assessment comprises a portfolio of two assignments, one in the discipline Literature and one in the disiplin Art, and a final examination. The final examination may be either an artistic or a theoretical project. The two parts each count 50% of the final grade. Both parts must be assessed as a Pass. Graded assessment. Language is optional, English or Norwegian may be used.
The study programme manager, in consultation with the student representative, decides the method of evaluation and whether the courses will have a midterm- or end of term evaluation, see also the Quality System, section 4.1.