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Person responsible for the course:Amund Bjorsnes (
Credit points (ECTS):15
Start of studies:
Study programme:Bachelor's degree programme - Bachelor in Religion and Society
Department:Department of Education, Religion and Society

Examination dates/written assignment deadlines

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1 Final deadline to withdraw from examination

Examination typeDate / DeadlineWithdrawal deadline 1
2020-12-04 4. Dec 20202020-11-01 1. Nov 2020
Submission deadline:12:00
Release date for results:22. Dec 2020

General information

This course is a cooperation between MF and The Norwegian Institute of Philology (PHI).
The Semitic languages and the broader family to which they belong, that is Afroasiatic, is one of the major language families in the world, in which much of classical world literature is composed. PHI2100 is a course/reading group which studies the grammar and literature of some of the major Semitic and Afroasiatic languages in history.
Participating in this course/reading group will give a thorough foundation for further studies of comparative Semitic linguistics and History of Religions.
Procedures and curricula:
PHI2100 is both a course for students and a research seminar/reading group for more advanced students and researchers. The curriculum is adapted to current interests of the participants, and can be textual material used by students in their M.A. and Ph.d. theses, or texts of interest to researchers in Semitic and Afroasiatic history and related subjects.
The PHI-courses in any relevant Semitic language, or similar competence in philological method through studies in Classical Philology or related subjects.
This course is also offered at the master level for students with a relevant bachelor’s degree. For more information, see the course description for PHI5100.
Literature relevant to the texts chosen for the given semester. More information about the relevant course literature is posted on the seminar webpages of the Norwegian Institute of Philology:

Overlapping courses

PHI2100 overlaps with PHI5100.
  • Students who have already completed PHI5100 will receive 0 credit points (ECTS) for PHI2100 on their transcript of records or diploma.

Course requirements

In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
  • Submit and have approved a one-page outline of the essay.
  • Participate in the electronic evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws before the set deadline (1 May/November).

Final assessment

The final assessment is based on an essay submitted by the student (4000-4500 words). The topic of the essay will be related to the reading in the course and chosen in cooperation with the course instructor(s). The mark (A-F) is given on the basis of the written exam.

Course objective and content

The student has:
  • A good knowledge of one or more Semitic/Afroasiatic languages
  • A good knowledge of Semitic/Afroasiatic philology as a discipline
The student can:
  • Work autonomously with Semitic/Afroasiatic literature in one or more languages
  • Formulate independent research ideas related to Semitic/Afroasiatic languages and literatures


Literature relevant to the texts chosen for the given semester. More information about the relevant course literature is posted on the seminar webpages of the Norwegian Institute of Philology:

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