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Undergraduate Course: Scandinavian Civilisation A: Vikings, Sagas and the Road to Enlightenment (ELCS08037)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA wide-ranging survey of Scandinavian history and culture (literature, film and the visual arts), with a focus on the Viking Age, the later Middle Ages and the Nordic Enlightenment. At the end of the course, the student will have an understanding of the individuality of the Scandinavian nations, of their shared heritage and their connections with Europe as a whole in respect of the periods studied. No language knowledge is involved and all texts will be dealt with in translation. When available, this course can be taken together with Scandinavian Civilisation B to form a 40 credit block, ideal for outside subjects and full year visiting students.

NB: Scandinavian Civilisation A cannot be taken by students who have previously passed Scandinavian Historical and Cultural Topics.
Course description Week Topic
1a Introduction
1b Scandinavia: Where?
1c Scandinavia: What?
2a The Scandinavian Languages
2b Runes
2c The Age of Migrations
3a Essay Preparation
3b Vikings! Social Structure & Worldview
3c Vikings! Ritual & Belief in Pagan Scandinavia
4a Vikings! Background to the Viking Expansion
4b Vikings! The East
4c Vikings! Scotland
5a Vikings! Ireland
5b Vikings! England
5c Vikings! Francia
6a Vikings! Normandy & the Low Countries
6b Iceland: Settlement & Society
6c Old Icelandic Literature
7a The Saga of Gisli
7b The Saga of Gisli
7c Christianisation & its Consequences
8a Late Norse Scotland
8b The Danish Empire
8c The Hanseatic League - Trade and Influence 13th-16th centuries
9a The Reformation & Nordic Religious Movements 16th-20th centuries
9b Sweden as a 'Great Power'
9c Charles XII and the end of Empire
10a Sweden & Finland 1100 to 1809
10b The Nordic Enlightenment
10c Science in Scandinavia 1: Linnaeus, & the Swedish Academy in the 18th Century
11a Science in Scandinavia 2: Brahe, Holberg, & the Danish Royal Academies in the 18th Century
11b Norway & its '400 Year Night┐
11c Review
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students wishing to enroll on this course must not previously have taken Scandinavian Historical and Cultural Topics 2 (ELCS08023) OR Scandinavian Historical and Cultural Topics: From Runes to Rock Music (ELCS08034)
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  51
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 154 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1) 50% Essay (2300 words). Topic chosen from a list. To be submitted by Monday, Week 9.
2) 50% Two-hour degree exam in the relevant end of semester exam diet.
Feedback Students will gain written feedback on their first two written assignments providing specific and synoptic advice on the positive aspects of their work, where it could be improved, and how this might be done.

Any student wishing to discuss their results in more detail should make an appointment with the marker.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the main currents in Scandinavian history, culture and politics from the last Ice Age until c. 1800, as seen through a range of disciplines, using a selection of core theories, principles and concepts.
  2. Appraise a variety of source materials to compare and contrast ideas, concepts and issues while taking account of different disciplinary and geographical contexts.
  3. Use a range of approaches to formulate evidence-based responses to defined issues within the common understanding of Scandinavian history, culture and politics between the Ice Age and c. 1800.
  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
The Saga of Gisli Faulkes, A. (ed.) (2004) Three Icelandic Outlaw Sagas: The Saga of Gisli; The Saga of Grettir; The Saga of Hord. Viking Society for Northern Research
'List of Rig' Larrington, C. (trans.& ed.) (1999) The Poetic Edda. Oxford World's Classics
Carl Linaeus: The Lapland Journey Graves, P. (trans. & ed.) (1995). The Lockarton Press.

Brown, A. (2009) Fishing in Utopia: Sweden and the Future That Disappeared. Granta Books
Booth, M. (2014) The Almost Nearly Perfect People. Jonathon Cape
Derry, T.K. (1979) A History of Scandinavia. George Allen & Unwin, London
Mead, W.R. (1981) A Historic Geography of Scandinavia. Academic Press
Fullerton, B. & Knowles, R. (1991) Scandinavia. Paul Chapman
Meinander H, (2011) A History of Finland. Hurst
Page, R.I. (1987) Reading the Past: Runes. British Museum Press
Brink, S. & Price, N. (eds.) (2008) The Viking World. Routledge
Roesdahl, E. (1998) The Vikings. Penguin Books
Crawford, B.E. (1987) Scandinavian Scotland. Leicester University Press
Graham-Campbell, J. & Batey, C.E. (1998) Vikings in Scotland: An Archaeological Survey. Edinburgh University Press
Woolf, A. (2007) From Pictland to Alba 789-1070. Edinburgh University Press
Sawyer, P. (ed.) (1999) The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings. Oxford University Press
Forte, A., Oram, R. & Pedersen, F. (2005) Viking Empires. Cambridge University Press
McTurk, R. (ed.) (2007) A Companion to Old Norse Literature and Culture. Blackwell Publishing
Larrington, C. (1999) The Poetic Edda. Oxford University Press
Byock, J.L. (2001) VikingAge Iceland. Penguin Books
Faulkes, A. (1987) Snorri Sturluson: Edda. Everyman
Warme, L. G. (1996) A History of Swedish literature. University of Nebraska Press.
Roberts, M. (1991 (repr. 2003)). From Oxenstierna to Charles XII. Four Studies. Cambridge University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Classes will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10-10.50am throughout Semester 1.
KeywordsVikings,sagas,Scandinavia,Norse,Medieval,Charles XII,Reformation,Enlightenment,Linneus,Nordic
Course organiserDr Alan Macniven
Tel: (0131 6)50 3279
Course secretaryMiss Gillian Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646
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