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

Undergraduate Course: Scandinavian Civilisation B: From National Romanticism to the Nordic Model (ELCS08038)

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 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. 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 A to form a 40 credit block, ideal for outside subjects and full year visiting students.
Course description Week Topic
1a Introduction
1b Scandinavia: Where?
1c Scandinavia: What?
2a Scandinavian Peripherals or Nordic Neighbours? Finland & the Baltic States
2b 19th Century Nordic Nationalism: Finland & Norway
2c The Sami
3a Essay Preparation
3b New Gothicism in Sweden
3c National Romanticism in Denmark
4a Denmark, Prussia & the End of 'Pan-Scandinavianism'
4b Hans Christian Andersen
4c Change & Challenge in 19th Century Scandinavian Society
5a August Strindberg & the Modern Breakthrough
5b Miss Julie / Movie Review
5c Henrik Ibsen
6a A Dolls' House
6b Norwegian & Danish Art of the Late 19th & Early 20th Century
6c Swedish Art of the Late 19th & Early 20th Century
7a Migration through the Ages: The Swedish Example
7b Wilhelm Moberg & The Emigrants
7c Nordic Welfare States in the 20th Century
8a Scandinavia & Nazi Germany
8b Scandinavia & the Holocaust
8c World War II: Commemoration, Self-Image & National Identity in the Nordic Countries
9a Hydrocarbon Heavens? Oil, Gas and Energy in the 20th Century Nordic Countries
9b Europhilia and Europhobia in the North: The Cold War, NATO and the EU
9c Refugees and Immigration in 20th Century Sweden
10a Mikael Niemi & the Growing Pains of Norbotten
10b Popular Music / Movie Review
10c ABBA & the Rise of Scandopop
11a The Rise and Rise of Scandinavian Cinema
11b The Breakdown of Consensus: Fear and Fragmentation in Nordic Politics 1980-2017
11c Review
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  43
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 163 )
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.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)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 c. 1800 to the present, 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 c. 1800 and the present.
  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
Andersen, H.C. (1835; 1838) The Tinder Box; The Brave Tin Soldier
Strinderg, A. (2006) Miss Julie. Methuen Student Editions, London.
Ibsen, H. (2008) A Dolls House (Student Edition). Methuen Student Editions, London.
Niemi, M. (2004) Popular Music from Vittula. Seven Stories Press, London.

Booth, M. (2014) The Almost Nearly Perfect People. Jonathon Cape
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsScandinavia,Nordic,National Romanticism,Immigration,Emigration,Strindberg,Ibsen,Abba,WWII
Course organiserDr Alan Macniven
Tel: (0131 6)50 3279
Course secretaryMiss Gillian Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646
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