6113 - Archival Science
Course information
Archival Science
Course number
Academic year
History and Social Sciences
BA in History, Small Nations and Globalisation, BSSc in Social Sciences
Students are required to hold an upper secondary education diploma or equivalent qualification
Language of instruction
The course is taught in Faroese. Instructional materials are in Scandinavian languages, Faroese and English. Lectures, exercises etc. are in Faroese.
Students on the fourth semester of Bachelor of Arts in History, Small Nations and Globalisation are automatically enrolled. Students on the fourth semester of Bachelor of Social Science in Politics and Administration, Bachelor of Social Science in Social Science and applicants for an individual course apply via the Faculty of History and Social Sciences Office.
Beginning date
Wednesday, January 31, 2024
End date
Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Academic content
To develop the students skills to examine historical questions based on archival studies and the use of records which public archives manage. The students should also familiarise themselves with archives and their importance for society, knowledge and research. The course is also aimed at others, who are interested in or need to familiarise themselves with archives, their role and how to utilise them to their fullest potential.
Learning outcomes
The successful student can demonstrate ability to: • retrieve, read and assess concrete archival records, • account for and evaluate archive material to solve concrete history assignments, • identify, evaluate and explain the the main tasks and activities of archives and their legislative framework, • assess the role archives play in different areas of society
The teaching includes practical exercises in finding, reading and using source material in archives. In addition, the teaching includes relevant laws and basic rules for archives, types of material that archives collect and about the theoretical basis for archival activities.
Learning and teaching approaches
The duration of the course is approximately 30 hours. The learning and teaching strategies are exercises, including training in archival research and reading old scripts/records. There will be lectures and debates about archival matters as well. During the course, students are required to complete a set number of assignments, which will be determined by the supervisor and completed under their supervision.
Assessment method
Written home assignment.
Examination (internal/external)
Grading scale
Exam date/dates
The written home assignment is due for submission on 24 April 2024.
Deadline for withdrawal from exam
Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Academic responsibility and teachers
Academic responsibility
Andras Marni Mortensen
Sámal Tróndur Finnsson Johansen