Spring 2016 SWE and SCA courses Posted on November 6th, 2015 by





SWE-102, Swedish II (3 sections)

David Jessup, Confer Hall 332 – 12:30-1:20 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday

Ursula Lindqvist, Vickner Hall 304 – 12:30-1:20 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday

David Jessup, Confer Hall 332 – 1:30-2:20 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday

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, Intermediate Swedish II

Kjerstin Moody, Confer Hall 222 – 10:30-11:20 Monday Wednesday Friday

A continuation of SWE-102, these courses are 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, Music and Poetry

Ursula Lindqvist, Confer Hall 123 – 10:30-11:20 Monday Wednesday Friday

This course, taught in Swedish, explores the interplay between verbal and musical expression from Nordic ballads to contemporary lyrical poetry and popular songs. Prerequisite: SWE 301 or equivalent, or instructor permission.


SCA-250, Scandinavian Crime Fiction

Ursula Lindqvist, Confer Hall 124 – 2:30-3:50 Monday Wednesday

This course explores the crime fiction genre (literature and film) from the Nordic countries. The course will focus on the political and social critique embedded in crime stories, the values of the societies represented, and the function of the crime fiction genre as a critique of ideologies and institutions. Starting in the 1970s with Sjöwahl/Wahlöö and ending in the 2000s with Stieg Larsson, the class will cover a variety of themes in the Nordic context: Marxism, the welfare state, immigration, EU and the Third World, feminism, racism, and global capitalism. It will also introduce students to typically Nordic perspectives on crime prevention and punishment.


SCA-344, Picturing the North: Representations versus Realities of Arctic Scandinavia

Kjerstin Moody, Confer Hall 126 – 2:30-5:20 Tuesday

This Scandinavian studies course, taught in English, will examine how the northern-most Nordic landscapes, resources, and inhabitants are represented through a variety of disciplines, including literature, film, anthropology, economics, and history. We will learn about important issues in this region (including post-colonization, post-industrialization, labor practices, equal rights and accessibility to services and goods, natural resources, rural cooperatives, etc.) by pairing theoretical readings about these topics with literary, cinematic, and artistic representations of them. Students will come away with a more complex understanding of this peripheral northern region and its relationship to the global world we live in.


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