Current Courses

Winter 2018

SCAND 12: Elementary Norwegian
Instructor: Aino Rinhaug

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

SCAND 172A: Nordic Folk and Fairy Tales
Instructor: Kimberly Ball

Seminar, three hours. Exploration of Nordic version of classic tale-types such as Dragon Slayer, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, and King Lindorm in historic and cultural contexts. Reading of important works of Nordic and international folktale scholarship, representing historical-geographic, structuralist, psychological, feminist, disability-theory, and queer-theory approaches. Development of critical thinking and close textual analysis skills, and understanding and appreciation of genre that continues to pervade popular culture. Readings in English translation. 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 2: Elementary Swedish
Instructor: Johanna Karlsson

Units: 4
Discussion, four hours. Enforced requisite: course 1. 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 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 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 C174A: Minority Cultures in Scandinavia
Instructor: Jenny Björklund

Seminar, three hours. Exploration of emergence of immigrant cultures in Nordic region. Beginning in 1960s, large numbers of people from Turkey, Italy, and Pakistan began immigrating to Nordic countries, followed in subsequent decades by immigrants and refugees from Vietnam, India, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cambodia, and countries throughout Africa. Cultural landscape previously marked by relatively high degree of cultural homogeneity now characterized by broad cultural diversity. Examination of emergence of new voices in Nordic cultural landscape in wide range of cultural expressive media, including literature, film, and visual and performing arts. Exploration of emergence of new forms of Nordic languages, such as well-documented phenomenon of Rinkeby Swedish. Concurrently scheduled with course C274A. P/NP or letter grading.