Current Courses

Fall 2019

SCAND 1: Elementary Swedish

Instructor: Johanna Karlsson

Discussion, four hours. 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

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 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 187FL: Special Studies: Readings in Scandinavian

Instructor: Varies

Seminar, two hours. Requisite: course 105B or 106B or 107B. 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 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, Völsunga Saga, Eddas, and Beowulf. Cultural and historic backgrounds to texts. P/NP or letter grading.

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

Instructor: Kimberly Ball

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 40. All readings in English. Comparison of journeys of heroes. Readings in mythology, legend, folktale, and epic, including Nibelungenlied, Völsunga Saga, Eddas, and Beowulf. Cultural and historic backgrounds to texts. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

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.