Fall Course Guide

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Scandinavian Courses (Division 471)

Fall Term, 1998 (September 8-December 21, 1998)

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103. Elementary Swedish. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Swedish 100. (4). (LR).
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 and 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. Cost:2 WL:4 (Olvegård)
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131. Scandinavian Culture. (3). (Excl).
This course introduces first-year students to cultural studies in general and Scandinavian studies in particular. The course is an introduction to as many aspects of Scandinavian culture as we can cover in a term. Guest lectures will visit the class to talk about such topics as history, religion, politics, myth and folklore, literature and music. The heart of the course is the Scandinavian welfare state; economic and gender equality, education, housing, health care, and the challenges facing Scandinavia today. We will look at differences and similarities between the Scandinavian countries, and their relations to the rest of Europe and the European Union. We will read about how the mass immigration to America in the late 19th century affected Scandinavia, and whether/how the modern immigration to Scandinavia affects the countries today. We will read American and Scandinavian texts about Scandinavia, both factual materials and fiction and we will watch movies that will give a picture of Scandinavia today.
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233. Second-Year Swedish. Swedish 104 or 100. (4). (LR).
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 teacher is a native speaker from Sweden. Cost:2 WL:4 (Olvegård)
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Scandinavian Courses in English

349. Independent Study. Permission of instructor. (2-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.
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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495. Pre-thesis Research. Open only by invitation to Honors concentrators in Scandinavian Studies. (2). (Excl).
Independent research with faculty thesis advisor culminating in thesis prospectus and literature review.
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