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Winter Academic Term 2004 Course Guide

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Courses in Scandinavian


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Winter Academic Term, 2004 (January 6 - April 30)


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 104. Elementary Swedish.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Maria E Gull (mgull@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: SCAND 103. (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in SCAND 100.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Second-term Swedish is intended for students with a previous knowledge of Swedish, up to a level of SCAND 103. The emphasis is placed on developing communicative language skills, both written and oral, review and extension of basic grammar. Oral, written, and listening exercises will be employed in the classroom and the language lab. The textbook will be supplemented by newspaper articles, a children's book, some Swedish poems, etc.

The instruction will principally be in Swedish. Students are evaluated on the basis of examinations and class participation. Students needing SCAND 103 or the equivalent for entry into SCAND 104 can meet this prerequisite by passing an examination by the instructor.

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SCAND 234. Second-Year Swedish.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: SCAND 233. (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

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

Fourth-term Swedish is intended for students with a previous knowledge of Swedish up to a level of SCAND 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 SCAND 233 or the equivalent for entry into SCAND 234 can meet this prerequisite by passing an examination given by the instructor.

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SCAND 305. Conversation Practice.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: SCAND 234. (1). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

For students who have completed SCAND 234 and would like more practice in 'everyday conversation' in Swedish. Role games, table topics, and other communicative activities. Grades based on classroom participation.

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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 405. Conversation Practice.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: SCAND 305. (1). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

For students who have completed SCAND 349 who would like to discuss current events and academic topics in Swedish at an advanced level. Grades based on classroom participation.

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

Scandinavian Courses in English

Section 001 — Taught in English.

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

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

Foreign Lit

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

Foreign Lit

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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