Kierkegaard, Pippi Longstocking, Erik the Red and more!


Kierkegaard, Pippi Longstocking, Erik the Red and more!

There’s still room for YOU in these excellent courses!

Scandinavian Course Offerings – Spring 2016



SCAN 472/CWL 472/PHIL 472 – Kierkegaard and the Self

T, Th, 2:00-3:20 PM, 3 or 4 credit hours

This course focuses on the Danish author, theologian, philosopher, and original ironic hipster, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), whose works explored individual selfhood and championed subjective experience as a pathway to perceiving truth. Students in this seminar-style course will gain extensive familiarity with Kierkegaard’s major works and their continued relevance, as well as how they relate to currents in 19th century society, such as Romanticism, Pietism and Existentialism. These works will be evaluated within their regional Nordic literary context, through critical analysis of related novels, plays and films by H.C. Andersen (“The Little Mermaid”), Henrik Ibsen (“Brand”), Fredrika Bremer (“Hertha”), August Strindberg (“Master Olof”), Selma Lagerlöf (“Jerusalem”), Karen Blixen (“Babette’s Feast”), and Ingmar Bergman (“Scenes from a Marriage”). All readings in English translation. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.


SCAN 376/CWL 376/EURO 376/GWS 376 – Children and Youth Literature

T, Th, 3:30-4:50 PM, 3 or 4 credit hours

Ever wonder why Scandinavians are often ranked among the happiest and most independent in the world? Does Pippi Longstocking have something to do with it? This course explores the understanding of childhood and youth in Scandinavia, with comparative focus on the U.S. and the U.K. through children’s literature and classic accounts of childhood in fiction, film, and related media. The course will investigate how childhood is construed in books self-described as children’s literature as well as in adult-audience fiction and memoirs; and how representations of childhood correlate with evolving ideas about family formation, child-rearing, the welfare state, and education in twentieth- and twenty-first century Scandinavia. Meets concurrently with SCAN 576.


SCAN 252/CWL 252/MDVL 252 – Viking Sagas in Translation

T, Th, 10:00-11:20, 3 credit hours

Swashbuckling tales abound in this course, which studies Old Norse-Icelandic society and culture through the lens of its literature: kings’ sagas, family sagas, mythical-heroic sagas, and romances. The special focus this semester will be the Viking discovery and settlement of Greenland, with legendary characters like Erik the Red, Leif Eriksson, Gudrid the Far Traveler, and more. Join us…if you dare!  All readings in English translation. This course satisfies the Gen Ed Criteria for a Literature and the Arts course, and a Western Comparative Culture course.



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Applications are now open for

SAO-LAS: Stockholm Summer Arctic Program 2016

“Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic”

SCAN 386/GLBL 386/SESE 386 – 6 credits


Program Dates: June 7 – July 7, 2016

Application Deadline: February 15, 2016


The Stockholm Summer Arctic Program is an intensive, five-week program, which takes place in Stockholm, Sweden and a field site in Northern Scandinavia, above the Arctic Circle. Students in this interdisciplinary program learn about issues related to human settlement and exploration, resource extraction, environmental conservation, historical and industrial heritage management and international governance in the Arctic region. With case studies from Sweden and the Nordic societies as the focal point, students draw from first-hand visits to historical and industrial heritage sites, interviews with political institutions and indigenous groups, in order to understand how these actors have shaped and been shaped by their Arctic environment over a long-term historical perspective. Applicants should have junior status (for Fall 2016) or consent of the instructor. For questions regarding the application process, direct emails to Kristen Stout:


Read more about the program and start an application at the brochure page below: