Current Courses

Fall 2016

SCAND 1: Elementary Swedish
Instructor: Johanna Karlsson

Discussion, four hours. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 100A: Intermediate Danish Section 101
Instructor: Karen Møller

Distance Learning Course. Contact: Kerry Allen at allen@humnet.ucla.edu

SCAND 105A: Intermediate Swedish
Instructor: Johanna Karlsson

Discussion, three hours. Requisite: course 5. Readings, composition, and conversation in Swedish. May be repeated once for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 132A: Elementary Old Norse
Instructor: Jesse Byock

Lecture, three hours. Introduction to grammar and pronunciation of Old Norse. Selected readings from sagas and “Prose Edda.” P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 141C: Short Story in Scandinavia
Instructor: Patrick Wen

Seminar, three hours. Exploration of range of classic short story and novella texts from Scandinavian literary canon, with stories by authors such as Hans Christian Andersen, Jens Peter Jacobsen, Alexander Kielland, Amalie Skram, Sigbjørn Obstfelder, Knut Hamsun, Isak Dinesen, and Rubén Palma. Examination of author’s lives and oeuvres, larger Nordic/European literary movements of 19th and 20th centuries, and tropes and conventions of short stories themselves. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 143C: Scandinavian Crime Literature
Instructor: Patrick Wen

Seminar, three hours. Introduction to background of crime fiction and its relation to Scandinavia. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 155: Modern Breakthrough
Instructor: Arne Lunde

Seminar, three hours. Readings and discussion of selected works from Romantic, realistic, and post-Romantic literature of Scandinavia in 19th century. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 165B: Viking on Film
Instructor: Kimberly Ball

Lecture, three hours. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 187FL: Special Studies: Readings in Scandinavian
Instructor: Arne Lunde

Seminar, two hours. Requisite: course 5 or 15 or 25. Students must be concurrently enrolled in affiliated main course. Additional work in Nordic languages (Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish) to augment work assigned in main course, including reading, writing, and other exercises. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 40W: Heroic Journey In Northern Myth, Legend, And Epic
Instructor: Kimberly Ball

Lecture, three hours. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 40. All readings in English. Comparison of journeys of heroes. Readings in mythology, legend, folktale, and epic, including “Nibelungenlied,” “Volsunga saga,” “Eddas,” and “Beowulf.” Cultural and historic backgrounds to texts. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 4A: Beginning Danish
Instructor: Karen Møller

Distance Learning Course. Contact Kerry Allen at allen@humnet.ucla.edu

SCAND 50: Introduction to Scandinavian Literatures and Cultures
Instructor: Patrick Wen

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 50W. Designed for students in general and for those wishing to prepare for more advanced and specialized studies in Scandinavian literature and culture. Selected works from literatures of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland, ranging from myth, national epic, saga, and folktale through modern novel, poem, play, short story, and film, read in English and critically discussed. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND C163B: Introduction to Swedish Cinema
Instructor: Arne Lunde

Lecture, three hours. Introduction to and exploration of history of Swedish cinema from silent era to present. Filmmakers include auteurs in international canon, such as Victor Sjöström, Mauritz Stiller, and Ingmar Bergman, as well as other key Swedish filmmakers such as Gustaf Molander, Alf Sjöberg, Mai Zetterling, Vilgot Sjöman, Jan Troell, Lukas Moodysson, and Josef Fares. Development of Scandinavian high art cinema and popular genres such as rural romanticism, melodrama, sex, crime, and horror. All films have English subtitles. Concurrently scheduled with course C263B. P/NP or letter grading.

Winter 2017

C166A: Ingmar Bergman
Instructor: Arne Lunde

Units: 4

Seminar, three hours. Exploration of Ingmar Bergman’s development as film artist through various periods, spanning mid-1940s and late 1970s. Contextualization of work of this most personal of filmmakers within multiple frameworks of postwar Swedish film industry, international art cinema movement, and issues of auteur filmmaking. Course readings and viewing of 10 Bergman films. All films have English subtitles. Concurrently scheduled with course C266A. P/NP or letter grading.

C171: Introduction to Scandinavian Folklore
Instructor: Timothy R. Tangherlini

Units: 4

Seminar, three hours. Introduction to fairy tales and legends of Scandinavian tradition as well as to interpretive methodologies that strive to answer question why do people tell stories that they tell? Concurrently scheduled with course C271. Letter grading.

C180: Literature and Scandinavian Society
Instructor: Patrick Wen

Units: 4

Seminar, three hours. Discussion of selected aspects of Scandinavian society based on readings of contemporary literature as well as historical and/or sociological material. May be repeated for credit (as determined by undergraduate adviser) with topic change. May be concurrently scheduled with course C280. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 105B: Intermediate Swedish
Instructor: Lotta Weckström

Units: 4
(Formerly numbered 5.) Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisite: course 105A. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 11: Elementary Norwegian
Instructor: Aino Rinhaug

Units: 4
Discussion, four hours. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 134: Scandinavian Mythology
Instructor: Kimberly Ball

Units: 4
Seminar, three hours. Overview of major gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, narratives and adventures that make up lore collectively referred to as Scandinavian, or Norse, myth. Reading and examination of this lore that is chiefly preserved in two collections traditionally called “Poetic (or Elder) Edda” and “Prose (or Younger) Edda.” P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 147A: Hans Christian Andersen
Instructor: Kimberly Ball

Units: 4
Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour. Study of works of Hans Christian Andersen, Danish novelist, dramatist, and writer of tales, including consideration of his literary background and of his times. Analysis of his works in terms of their structure, style, and meaning. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 2: Elementary Swedish
Instructor: Johanna Karlsson

Units: 4
Discussion, four hours. Enforced requisite: course 1. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 50W: Introduction to Scandinavian Literatures and Cultures
Instructor: Patrick Wen

Units: 5
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 50. Designed for students in general and for those wishing to prepare for more advanced and specialized studies in Scandinavian literature and culture. Selected works from literatures of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland, ranging from myth, national epic, saga, and folktale through modern novel, poem, play, short story, and film, read in English and critically discussed. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

Spring 2017

SCAND 105C: Advanced Swedish
Instructor: Johanna Karlsson

Discussion, three hours. Requisite: course 5. Readings, composition, and conversation in Swedish. May be repeated once for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 12: Elementary Norwegian
Instructor: Aino Rinhaug

Units: 4
Discussion, four hours. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 187FL: Special Studies: Readings in Scandinavian
Instructor: Arne Lunde

Seminar, two hours. Requisite: course 5 or 15 or 25. Students must be concurrently enrolled in affiliated main course. Additional work in Nordic languages (Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish) to augment work assigned in main course, including reading, writing, and other exercises. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 19: Kierkegaard and Fundamentals of Existentialism
Instructor: James Massengale

Difficult writings of Danish philosopher and writer Søren Kierkegaard constitute singular labyrinth of pseudonyms and challenging points of view. Kierkegaard is often credited with being so-called father of existentialism. But as convinced (not necessarily convincing) Christian author, his pseudonymic works create path of stages leading toward, but not necessarily into, Christian faith. Along way, he challenges reader to understand more deeply how to define one’s actions, and comprehensive set of patterns emerges as guide for existence.

Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

SCAND 3: Elementary Swedish
Instructor: Johanna Karlsson

Units: 4
Discussion, four hours. Enforced requisite: course 2. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 40: Heroic Journey In Northern Myth, Legend, And Epic
Instructor: Kimberly Ball

Lecture, three hours. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 40W. All readings in English. Comparison of journeys of heroes. Readings in mythology, legend, folktale, and epic, including “Nibelungenlied,” “Volsunga saga,” “Eddas,” and “Beowulf.” Cultural and historic backgrounds to texts. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND 60W: Introduction to North Cinema
Instructor: Arne Lunde

Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or English as a Second Language 36. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 60. Introduction to cinematic traditions of Nordic countries, with emphasis on construction of other or outsider as conceptual category. Survey of wide range of films to interrogate relationship between various forms of minority discourse and dominant values, institutions, and mechanisms and instruments of social control. Investigation of how these cinematic narratives of dominant normativity and diversity reflect cultural anxieties surrounding identity, ideology, collective memory, and power relationships. Screenings supplemented with relevant theoretical texts to give tools necessary to more effectively contextualize and analyze images. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

SCAND C163A: Introduction to Danish Cinema
Instructor: Timothy R. Tangherlini

Seminar, three hours. Introduction to history of cinema in Denmark, as well as to some fundamental concepts in study of film. Deliberately broad and historically centered approach to development of cinema in Denmark rather than focus on films of particular directors or topics. Theoretical readings from important critics, including Kracauer, Bazin, Metz, and Chatman, along with several directed exercises, to develop vocabulary and critical method for discussing films in general and Danish cinema in particular. Other readings include selections from Hjort, Sandberg, Tangherlini, and other Scandinavian theorists. Concurrently scheduled with course C263A. P/NP or letter grading.

SCAND C180: Literature and Scandinavian Society
Instructor: Patrick Wen

Seminar, three hours. Discussion of selected aspects of Scandinavian society based on readings of contemporary literature as well as historical and/or sociological material. May be repeated for credit (as determined by undergraduate adviser) with topic change. May be concurrently scheduled with course C280. P/NP or letter grading.