EIE202 History of Norwegian property rights and tenure systems

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Håvard Steinsholt

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Limits of class size:Unlimited

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:

  • Lectures: ca. 50 hours
  • Self-study and exercises: ca. 200 hours

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel

About this course

Topics for lectures and students' reports (in Norwegian):

  1. Introduction - property rights and tenure systems
  2. General historical framework
  3. Land property and land tenancy in the middle ages and later
  4. Subdivisions of farms
  5. From tenant peasants to freeholders
  6. Smallholder system
  7. Smallholder policy and farming of new land in the 1800s and 1900
  8. The main outlines property registration systems development in Norway
  9. Strip farming and commons
  10. Land consolidation
  11. Urban property history
  12. Property history in Nordland, Troms and Finnmark counties
  13. Open acess
  14. Expropriation and public facilities

Learning outcome

Students are to be familiar with important lines of development and facts in the Norwegian history of property right and tenure systems, in different parts of the country, and in rural and urban areas as a foundation for practising a profession related to property rights area planning. They should understand and be able to use the most common types of documents related to property rights and transactions in their proper historical context.
  • 1. Reading of recommended literature.

    2. Lectures.

    3. Exercises.

    4. The film 'Havråtunet'.

    • Student supervisors supports during exercises. Qusestion and answer sessions conncted to lectures.
    • Study platform Canvas
    • Timetable TimeEdit
  • Written exam, 3.5 hours, A-F.
  • An external examiner takes part in an evaluation of the examination papers from all the candidates. Evaluation, also of the course, arrangements, literature etc., by the external examiner from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Bergen. There is great emphasis on having an examiner that is willing to cooperate in the quality assurance, and the same examiner will be used over several years so that it is possible to compare this over time. The examiner is systematically and thoroughly informed of the course goal, content, arrangements and implementation, and is also included in the development of examination papers. Finally, there will be a discussion with the teachers and possibly a few students.
  • 3 of 4 reports activitie must be passed to be allowed to take the exam.
  • Lectures: approx. 25
  • Letter grades
  • Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)