Winter '00 Course Guide

Courses in Scandinavian (Division 471)

Winter Term, 2000 (January 5 April 26, 2000)

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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. 104. Elementary Swedish.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Swedish 103. 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/

Second-term Swedish is intended for students with a previous knowledge of Swedish, up to a level of Swedish 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 Swedish 103 or the equivalent for entry into 104 can meet this prerequisite by passing an examination by the instructor.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 4

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: 4

Scand. 349. Independent Study.

Scandinavian Courses in English

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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 3: Permission of department chair

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

Scandinavian Courses in English

Section 001.

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

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The Icelandic Sagas and the Finnish Kalevala 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, the Priest; Thidrandi, whom the Goddess slew; Gunnlaug Wormtongue; King Hrolf and his champions. We will also read the Saga of the Volsungs, the Norse epic of Sigurd, the Dragon Slayer. Not least, we will conclude with the Finnish creation myth: the Kalevala, which celebrates the 150th year of its discovery at this time. 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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

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