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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages & Cultures - Scandinavian Stud

Undergraduate Course: Scandinavian Languages 2 (ELCS08010)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course is an introduction to Danish, Norwegian and Swedish, their similarities and their differences. The course will provide students with a passive understanding of the two Scandinavian languages they have not actively studied in their first year at university so that they are able to understand and translate from all three languages and are able to explain the systematic similarities and differences between them.
Course description A historical overview will explain the background to why Danish, Norwegian and Swedish are so close and text analyses will point to systematic differences between them. Their interrelationship will be analysed through the study of modern text samples. The course will establish a model to approach the differences between Danish, Norwegian and Swedish in a systematic way. There will be focus on the modern situation, with the influence from English and on the obstacles that exist for mutual comprehension between the Scandinavian languages. The course will also cover the theoretical and practical problems of translation from the three languages into English.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Danish 1 (ELCS08033) OR Norwegian 1 (ELCS08028) OR Swedish 1 (ELCS08027))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry may be accepted if the student has an equivalent qualification.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesEntry to any language course above introductory level is subject to a language test by the relevant subject area on arrival and at the discretion of the course organiser.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 149 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Language assessement - 20%
Translation assessment - 20%
Project presentation (Part of Exam Component) - 10%
3 hour degree examination - 50%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the Scandinavian Languages, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish, including their history and structural relationship.
  2. Develop a passive understanding of the two Scandinavian languages which have not been studied in-depth.
  3. Analyse texts in the three languages in a systematic manner using appropriate linguistic vocabulary and terminology, and prove knowledge of the characteristic linguistic features of each of the languages.
  4. Develop effective communication, presentation and interaction skills across a range of media.
  5. Demonstrate self-reliance, initiative, and the ability to work flexibly with others as part of a team.
Reading List
Lars S. Vikør: The Nordic Languages. Oslo 1993.
Einar Haugen: The Scandinavian Languages. London 1976.
Oskar Bandle, ed.: The Nordic Languages: An International Handbook of the History of the North Germanic Languages. Walter de Gruyter, 2005.
B. Molde og A. Karker: Språkene i Norden. Arlöv 1983.
Skandinavisk ordbok. Stockholm, København, Oslo 1994.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Plus one other hour which will be decided upon the first week of class.
KeywordsDELC Scand 2 Lang
Course organiserMr Arne Kruse
Tel: (0131 6)50 4025
Course secretaryMiss Gillian Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646
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