Fall 2013 SWE and SCA Courses Posted on March 29th, 2013 by

Department of Scandinavian Studies Fall 2013 Courses


SWE-101-001: Swedish I

Professor Ursula Lindqvist

CON 125 MTWF 11.30AM-12.20PM


SWE-101-002: Swedish I

Professor Kjerstin Moody

VH 204 MTWF 1.30PM-2.20PM

This course introduces students to the Swedish language and important aspects of modern Swedish society. Students learn to speak, read, and write Swedish through pronunciation practice, conversation, and grammar study. Language materials include textbook, short stories, and film. Weekly tests and quizzes are given. The course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Swedish.


SWE-201-001: Intermediate Swedish I

Professor Kjerstin Moody

VH 302 MTWF 10.30AM-11.20AM

A continuation of SWE-102, this course is designed to help students strengthen their Swedish conversation skills and improve their writing and reading abilities. Students will read modern Swedish literary texts and will also discuss articles, TV and radio programs and films about modern Swedish culture. After successful completion of SWE-201, students will qualify for study in Sweden, if desired.


SWE-301-001: Conversation and Composition

Professor Ursula Lindqvist

CON 222 MWF 10.30AM-11.20AM

This combination of beginning literature and advanced language course introduces students to the social and psychological themes expressed by writers of modern Swedish short fiction. In this course, students will further improve their reading, speaking, and writing skills through discussion, grammar and written assignments, and in-class presentations. Required of all Scandinavian Studies majors and minors and also open to students with the necessary background in Swedish.


SCA-224-001: Scandinavian Women Writers

Professor Kjerstin Moody

CON 125 MWF 9.00AM-9.50AM

LARS & WRITI (Counts towards major or minor in GWS)

Scandinavian women writers currently hold a significant place in the Scandinavian literary canon but their efforts to be granted this ground is ongoing. In this course we will read and analyze works of literature in English translation written by women writers from across the Nordic region of the world. We will focus on the important Modern Breakthrough period of the late 19th century, the dynamic 20th century, and today. We will read literature by women writers including the long-canonized, those recently excavated from history, those writing today; voices from a variety of class, ethnic, and geographical backgrounds; and forms of literature ranging from the traditional to the highly experimental. Our reading and analysis of these writers’ works will help us to understand the ever-shifting places and roles in which Scandinavian women have lived and created.


SCA-234-001: Scandinavian Film with Lab (SCA-234-003)

Professor Ursula Lindqvist

CON 127 MW 2.30PM-3.50PM (Lab: CON 128 T 6.30PM-8.20PM)


This survey course explores the formidable contributions that the Nordic region has made to world cinema, from the Swedish invasion of Hollywood in the silent film era to Denmark’s recent Dogma 95 movement and beyond. This course instructs students in analyzing films in their Nordic cultural and historical contexts and provides an overview of this regional cinema as art and industry within European film history. Rather than follow a strict chronological order, this course highlights key moments, topics, and genres. Topics will include the silent Golden Age; auteurs Dreyer, Bergman, Kaurismäki, and von Trier; Dogma 95; women in Nordic film noir; the cinema of Native (Greenlandic and Sámi) peoples; the new Nordic avant-garde; and new Nordic horror cinema. All films will be screened in the original language with English subtitles.


HIS-218 Scandinavia to 1800

Professor Glenn Kranking

BH 321 MWF 12.3-1:20PM


This course surveys the history of Scandinavia from the earliest evidence of human presence to about 1800. Particular emphasis is placed on the Vikings, the turmoil and troubles of the Middle Ages, the emergence of early modern dynastic states in Denmark and Sweden, Sweden and its Baltic empire in the 17th century, and struggles between change and continuity in the 18th century.


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