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Winter Academic Term 2004 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Scandinavian

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Winter Academic Term 2004 (January 6 - April 30)

SCAND 442. The Icelandic Saga (in English Translation).

Scandinavian Courses in English

Section 001 — Taught in English.

Instructor(s): Astrid Billes Beck (

Prerequisites: Junior standing. Taught in English. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The Icelandic Sagas are the mythic stories of the Nordic cultures. They began to be documented with the Poetic and Prose Eddas in Iceland after the Christianization of the cultures, and were written down by church scribes, but their sources are derived from pre-Christian mythic origins.

In this course, we will read some of the major sagas and myths, including the Njal's Saga, which comes from the 13th Century by an unknown author, but is based on historical events in Iceland 300 years earlier, and which describes the grim world in which justice means vengeance, and all men are either lucky or unlucky. We will continue with Erik the Red and other Icelandic Sagas. These are at the heart-strand of the native literature of medieval Iceland, part of the heroic literature of the Germanic peoples, including Thorstein the Staff-Struck; Hrafnkel, Priest of Frey; Thidrandi, whom the goddesses slew; Gunnlaug Wormtongue; King Hrolf and his champions. We will also read the Saga of the Volsungs, the early Norse epic of Sigurd, the Dragon Slayer. Background readings will also be assigned.

Grades will be based on critical discussion of the readings, class participation, essays, oral presentations, and a term paper. The language of the classroom will be English. No prerequisites.

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SCAND 460. Issues in Modern Scandinavia.

Scandinavian Courses in English

Section 001 — Consensus, Modernity, Wealth, and Welfare in Scandinavia 1928-1976.

Instructor(s): David Ostlund

Prerequisites: Introductory sociology or introductory political science. Taught in English. (3). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

If it's equality and advancement you seek, try Sweden", says Michael Moore in Stupid White Men. For decades, Sweden has been pictured as a utopia by American liberals and as a dystopia by conservatives, often seen as a "Middle Way" between capitalism and socialism. In some ways Sweden was an oddity in Europe during the era between Hitler and Thatcher. While formally an archaic monarchy, it was continually governed by democratically elected socialist regimes. Its capitalist business system thrived conspicuously, creating material wealth in level with the USA in the 1960s. This happened despite — or due to — the fact that nearly 100% of the labor force was unionized, while almost all employers were united in counter-organizations. Swedish solutions to various problems has often been seen as alternative "models". What was myth and what was reality in those aspects of Swedish society that were viewed as exemplary or terrifying, e.g., extensive public welfare, a harmonious mixture of competitive free enterprise and political planning, and hardboiled modernist rationalism in questions of value (both aesthetic and moral)? This course focuses on the intellectual and cultural roots and consequences of the "Swedish model" in the many senses of the concept. With the help of side looks at the USA and Sweden's Nordic neighbors, it sketches the background of many important issues in Scandinavia today.

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