Scandinavian and Arctic Studies Course Offerings – Fall 2015

Fall 2015:


SCAN 101 – Beginning Swedish I (Beginning Scandinavian I)

M T W Th, 11:00-11:50 AM, 4 credit hours

First course in the Scandinavian language sequence (usually Swedish). Instruction is by immersion, emphasis is on basic skills: reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension.


SCAN 103 – Intermediate Swedish I (Intermediate Scandinavian I)

M T W Th, 11:00-11:50 AM, 4 credit hours

Third course in the Scandinavian language sequence (usually Swedish). Emphasis is on conversational skills, discussion techniques and aural comprehension through the study of authentic texts, television and films, with emphasis on learning about contemporary issues in Sweden, including its relationship to the European Union. Instruction is by immersion. Prerequisite: SCAN 102 or consent of instructor.


SCAN 305 – Introduction to Old Norse I

T Th, 12:30-1:50 PM, 3 credit hours

Provides a solid proficiency in reading texts in Old Norse (Old Icelandic), the language of the Viking sagas and mythology.

Meets concurrently with SCAN 505 (graduate section – 4 credit hours); Same as MDVL 505.

Prerequisite: Any SCAN language course or knowledge or one other foreign language.


SCAN 215 – Madness, Myth and Murder

M W F, 3:00-3:50 PM, 3 credit hours

Focuses on the achievements of major Scandinavian writers of prose fiction, from 1850 to today. Explores topics of madness, myth, and murder in literature. All reading, discussion, and writing in English.

Same as CWL 215. This course satisfies the Gen Ed Criteria for a Literature and the Arts course.


SCAN 225 – Vikings to Volvos: Scandinavia

M W F, 10:00-10:50 AM, 3 credit hours

An introduction to the history, literature, and culture of Scandinavia and the Nordic region, from the Viking age until the modern era (700s-present). Includes discussion of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Svalbard, and Greenland.  All readings in English.

This course satisfies the Gen Ed Criteria for a Literature and the Arts course, and Western Comparative Culture course. 


SCAN 240 – Arctic Narratives

T Th, 2:00-3:20 PM, 3 credit hours

Study of the Arctic, its peoples and cultures, as imagined in literature, art, history, media and film. This course makes cross-cultural comparisons with accounts by indigenous people and Scandinavian, American, and European visitors to or settlers in to the Arctic. This course includes emphasis on environmental, colonial, and social aspects from theoretical and historical perspectives.

Same as CWL 282 / EURO 240. This course satisfies the Gen Ed Criteria for a Literature and the Arts course and Western Comparative Culture course.


SCAN 251 – Viking Mythology

M W, 3:00-3:50 PM (Friday sessions at 10:00, 11:00, or 1:00), 3 credit hours

This course will explore the pre-Christian beliefs of the Germanic peoples of Northern Europe, primarily as reflected in medieval Icelandic prose and poetry in translation.

Same as CWL 251 / MDVL 251 / RLST 251. This course satisfies the Gen Ed Criteria for a Hist. & Philosophy Perspective, and Western Comparative Culture course.


SCAN 463 – Modern Scandinavian Drama

T Th, 3:30-4:50 PM, 3 credit hours (4 graduate credit hours)

Thematic and conceptual study of the Scandinavian dramatic tradition, from the late-nineteenth century classics of Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg, to mid-century intermediality in works by Ingmar Bergman, and to hyperrealism, postmodernism, and digital performativity by contemporary playwrights. Interpretive contexts include text-image studies, performativity, socio-cultural aspects of the Nordic region, theatre and production history, and gender and sexuality studies.

Same as CWL 463 / THEA 483. Prerequisite: One college-level literature or theatre course, or consent of instructor.