Spring 2019 Courses in the Department of Scandinavian Studies Posted on October 25th, 2018 by

As Spring 2019 registration nears, the Department of Scandinavian Studies is excited to offer the following courses this coming spring.


SCA-224: Scandinavian Women Writers

Associate Professor Kjerstin Moody

MWF, 1:30-2:20 p.m., Confer 125

Fulfills LARS, WRITI General Education requirements

Counts towards Scandinavian Studies major and minor, GWSS major and minor, and Comparative Literature minor

Scandinavian women writers currently hold a significant place in the Scandinavian literary canon but their efforts to be granted this ground are 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-360: Nordic Colonialisms

Associate Professor Ursula Lindqvist

MW, 2:30-3:50 p.m., Confer 334

Fulfills GLOBL, HIPHI General Education requirements

Counts towards Scandinavian Studies major and minor and Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies minor

NORDIC COLONIALISMS AND POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES. 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.


SWE-102-001: Swedish II

Associate Professor Kjerstin Moody

MTWF, 9:00-9:50 a.m., Vickner 201


SWE-102-002: Swedish II

Instructor David Jessup

MTWF, 10:30-11:20 a.m., Vickner 201


SWE-102-003: Swedish II

Associate Professor Ursula Lindqvist

MTWF, 12:30-1:20 p.m., Confer 331

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-102-001: Intermediate Swedish II

Associate Professor Kjerstin Moody

MTWF, 10:30-11:20 a.m., Confer 332

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.



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