Scandinavian

Current Course Offerings

Winter 2016

SCAN335 Vikings and Norse Mythology (in English) Sections

History, literature, and mythology of early Scandinavian societies.

Designed to introduce students to the history, literature and mythology of the so-called “Viking Age,” (from the 793 Viking raid on Lindisfarne to the 1066 defeat at the Battle of Stamford Bridge), this course provides necessary historical context for reading the texts produced between the twelfth and the fourteenth century. Almost all the texts about “Vikings” were written after the “Viking Age.” Vikings did not call themselves Vikings, did not wear horned helmets, and did not produce written accounts. The texts were either written by outsiders or by later Scandinavian writers who lived in very different social and religious environments. The Viking world is an observer construct. Students learn about the cultural and political dynamics of the Norsemen as well as the cultural and political dynamics that fuel the cultural construction of the Norsemen and the North. Taught in English.
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Winter 2016

SCAN415 The World of the Sagas (in English) Sections

Scandinavian contributions to medieval and early modern world literature, culture and history.

Scandinavian contributions to medieval and early modern world literature, culture and history.
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Winter 2016

SCAN501 Old Icelandic Sections

Though 501 is usually taught as a 6-credit course, students may elect to take the first term only, "Introduction to Old Icelandic," for 3 credits.

This course deals with the rudiments of Old Icelandic grammar and literature. The reading of texts is started almost immediately, and points of grammar, language and history are treated as students read texts in Norse mythology, legend, and history. Two family sagas are read in English translation and discussed. Permission of the instructor required. Offered rarely.
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Courses Offered in Other Terms

SCAN335

Designed to introduce students to the history, literature and mythology of the so-called “Viking Age,” (from the 793 Viking raid on Lindisfarne to the 1066 defeat at the Battle of Stamford Bridge), this course provides necessary historical context for reading the texts produced between the twelfth and the fourteenth century. Almost all the texts about “Vikings” were written after the “Viking Age.” Vikings did not call themselves Vikings, did not wear horned helmets, and did not produce written accounts. The texts were either written by outsiders or by later Scandinavian writers who lived in very different social and religious environments. The Viking world is an observer construct. Students learn about the cultural and political dynamics of the Norsemen as well as the cultural and political dynamics that fuel the cultural construction of the Norsemen and the North. Taught in English.

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SCAN415

Scandinavian contributions to medieval and early modern world literature, culture and history.

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SCAN501

This course deals with the rudiments of Old Icelandic grammar and literature. The reading of texts is started almost immediately, and points of grammar, language and history are treated as students read texts in Norse mythology, legend, and history. Two family sagas are read in English translation and discussed. Permission of the instructor required. Offered rarely.

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Winter 2016

SCAN333 Major Works of Scandinavian Literature (in English) Sections

Selected Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Icelandic texts ranging from Old Norse sagas to contemporary literary works against the background of literary, social, and political developments in Scandinavia.

SCAN414 Topics in Danish and Northern European Cultural Studies (in English). Sections

Selected topics, such as ethnicity, migration, identity, women's issues, Danish and Northern European film.

SCAN415 The World of the Sagas (in English) Sections

Scandinavian contributions to medieval and early modern world literature, culture and history.