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Fall '00 Course Guide

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Courses in Scandinavian (Division 471)

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Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

Open courses in Scandinavian

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The study of Scandinavian provides insight into the cultural heritage of the modern social democracies of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. To a degree out of proportion to their relatively small size, these countries have made important contributions to Western civilization, from the Vikings with their seamanship and arts, to the pioneers of modern drama Ibsen and Strindberg and from the social welfare state and the ombudsman to discoveries in physics and medicine. These countries today rank high in the attainment of quality of life goals of the post-industrial society and offer interesting comparisons for other industrial and third world societies.

The Scandinavian program offers courses that take the pan-Scandinavian view in literature, history, society, and the arts plus those that focus in depth on Swedish language and literature. Work at the University of Uppsala during a junior year abroad program further enhances students' opportunity for graduate study, careers in teaching, international business, or global organizations.


Scand. 103. Elementary Swedish.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Johanna Eriksson (johannae@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Swedish 100. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~johannae/

For students with little or no previous knowledge of Swedish, this course provides a basic introduction to Swedish vocabulary and grammar, with the emphasis placed on developing communicative skills. Extensive practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation, assignments, and tests. The teacher is a native speaker from Sweden.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Scand. 233. Second-Year Swedish.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Johanna Eriksson (johannae@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Swedish 104 or 100. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~johannae/

This course covers the material of a second-year course in Swedish language. The emphasis is on speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills. Readings are selected (for oral and written commentary) from contemporary Swedish literature, such as fiction, lyrics, news articles, etc.

All instruction will be in Swedish and tests and examinations will be given at regular intervals. Grades will be determined on the basis of class participation and tests. Students needing Swedish 103 and 104 or the equivalent for entry into this course can meet the prerequisite by passing an examination given by the instructor. The instructor is a native speaker from Sweden.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Scand. 234. Second-Year Swedish.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Johanna Eriksson (johannae@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Swedish 233. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Fourth-term Swedish is intended for students with a previous knowledge of Swedish up to a level of Swedish 233. The emphasis is placed on further developing both oral and written communicative language skills, review and extension of Swedish grammar, Swedish literature, and Swedish civics (history, politics, traditions, etc.) Extracts from Swedish novels, poems, newspaper articles, and documentary articles will be used. The class will also read and discuss a Swedish novel. Oral, written, and listening exercises will be employed. All instruction will be in Swedish. Students are evaluated on the basis of examinations and class participation. Students needing Swedish 233 or the equivalent for entry into 234 can meet this prerequisite by passing an examination given by the instructor.

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Scand. 331. Introduction to Scandinavian Civilization.

Scandinavian Courses in English

Section 001 Introduction to Scandinavian Civilization.

Instructor(s): Astrid Beck (astridb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course provides the opportunity to become acquainted with the society and culture of the modern states of Scandinavia: Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. There are no prerequisites, and no knowledge of a Scandinavian language is required. The course is open to everyone. It will deal with many aspects of Scandinavia, mostly contemporary. There will be a geographical overview, a short historical summary, and special lectures and readings on post-World War II Scandinavia, especially in those subjects where these countries have made important contributions to the rest of the world. Among the topics to be covered are: politics, economics, social welfare, art and architecture, music, film literature, mythology, drama, the media, emigration, and Scandinavian languages. The course will be a combination of lectures by the instructor and guests, and discussions. A class report and term paper will be required, plus a final exam. The required textbook is Scandinavia by Franklin Scott; other reserve readings will be added.

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Scand. 349. Independent Study.

Scandinavian Courses in English

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (2-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course serves the needs of students who wish to develop special topics not offered in the Scandinavian Studies curriculum. It may be a program of directed readings with reports, or it may be a research project and long paper. Either must be supervised by a faculty member, and the student must have the faculty member's agreement before electing the course. This course is also used by concentrators for developing preliminary research and a prospectus for the senior thesis.

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Scand. 375/German 375/MEMS 375/Rel. 375. Celtic and Nordic Mythology.

Scandinavian Courses in English

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Astrid Beck (astridb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course will deal with several cycles of myths and sagas, including Beowulf in the Anglo-Saxon literature; the Nibelungenlied in the Germanic literature; Tristan and Isolde, the Mabinogi tale of Pwyll, Branwen, Culwch & Olwen, Gwion Bach & Taliesin, and the Arthurian tales in the Welsh cycles; the Tain in the Irish cycle; and the sagas of the Prose Edda in the world of the Nordic gods. Readings will incorporate other literature based on these myths, such as Gray's ode The Fatal Sisters, which deals with the Valkyries as messengers of Odin, Longfellow's poem Tegner's Drapa which bemoans Balder's death, and perhaps also the Erlkönig or Wagner's Ring Cycle in music and literature. Grades will be based on several exams and a paper.

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