Spring 2015 Courses in the Department of Scandinavian Studies

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Spring 2015 Courses in the Department of Scandinavian Studies

Scandinavian Studies (SCA) Courses

SCA-344-001 (34982) ST: Nordic Poetry

Professor Kjerstin Moody

CON 126

MWF 9:00-9:50am

Description: This course, taught in English, will focus on the rich and varied Scandinavian poetic tradition, ranging from the Poetic Edda to the works of the 2011 Nobel Prize Laureate Tomas Tranströmer, to young and innovative poets writing across the Nordic region today. A great range of poets and poetic forms will be covered, with emphasis placed on the modern period, particularly the 20th and 21st centuries. The course is open to all students interested in learning more about Nordic poetry (no prior knowledge of a Scandinavian language is necessary).

 

SCA-360-001 (34981) Nordic Colonialisms (GLOBL, HIPHI)

Professor Ursula Lindqvist

CON 123

MW 2:30-3:50pm

Description: The Nordic countries, which since World War II have striven to become model societies of social democracy and egalitarianism, paradoxically have their own substantial histories of colonial enterprise, and current cultural imperial practice, similar to those of other Western European states. This course examines the history of Nordic colonial empire as well as the lasting impact of this legacy on contemporary, democratic Nordic societies. We will explore the role of Nordic empire in societies from West Africa to the Caribbean, North America, the North Atlantic, and South Asia, as well as the indigenous Arctic populations in Greenland and Sápmi. We will further examine the function of colonial relationships in formulating modern ideas about what constitutes “authentic Nordic” culture as well as “foreign” or “exotic” cultures and peoples. In addition to examining different types of colonialism and colonial representation, this course introduces theoretical frameworks for understanding how slavery, Orientalism, cultural imperialism, and many other colonial mechanisms work–and in what forms they remain present today.

 

Swedish (SWE) Courses

SWE-102-001 (34492) Swedish II

Professor Kjerstin Moody

CON 125

MTWF 12:30-1:20pm

 

SWE-102-002 (34491) Swedish II

Professor Ursula Lindqvist

VH 304

MTWF 12:30-1:20pm

 

SWE-102-003 (34493) Swedish II

Professor David Jessup

CON 125

MTWF 1:30-2:20pm

Description: A continuation of SWE-101, 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.

 

SWE-202-001 (34495) Interm Swedish II

Professor Ursula Lindqvist

CON 125

MTWF 10:30-11:20am

Description: 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-344-001 (34990) ST: Ingmar Bergman

Professor Kjerstin Moody

CON 222

MWF 10:30-11:20am

Description: This course, taught in Swedish, examines Swedish filmmaker and theater director Ingmar Bergman through viewing of and discussion of a selection of his films as well as through the analysis of texts written by him and about him. Topics will include his childhood, education, artistic inspirations, stage and film work, reception in Sweden and abroad, and his legacy in Swedish and world cinema.

 

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