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

Undergraduate Course: History of the Scandinavian Novel (ELCS10003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course examines aspects of the development of the Scandinavian novel from the mid 19th century to the post-war period. Novels by Almqvist, Bang, Hamsun, Lagerlöf, Blixen, Lindgren and Haugen are studied. A variety of theoretical issues and critical approaches relevant to the study of the novel as a literary form are covered.
Course description The course covers the pre-naturalistic novel, the naturalistic novel, the modernist novel, the gothic pastiche novel, the modern children's novel, the documentary novel and other novelistic forms. The course will include discussions of theoretical perspectives on the definition and development of the novel as a genre, based on the study and presentation of a selection of critical texts.

The course will give students the opportunity to study a range of novelistic forms in context, aiming to develop skills in literary analysis as well as an awareness of different critical approaches to the novel. The course aims to equip students with reading strategies that are sensitive to cultural and historical differences.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Danish Language 2 (ELCS08008) OR Norwegian Language 2 (ELCS08011) OR Swedish Language 2 (ELCS08013)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass is required at first attempt.
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment for University of Edinburgh Students and Visiting Students - 1 essay of 2000 words (30%), 1 exam paper of 2 hours (70%).
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)History of the Scandinavian Novel2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the development of Scandinavian novel writing from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Engage with theoretical perspectives on the definition and development of the novel as a genre.
  2. Appraise different novelistic forms in Scandinavian literature within their historical and cultural contexts using appropriate terminology, a range of critical approaches, and relevant theoretical underpinnings.
  3. Engage with and interpret layers of meaning within individual texts and between groups of texts.
  4. Develop effective essay-writing, communication, presentation and interaction skills.
  5. Demonstrate self-reliance, initiative, and the ability to work flexibly with others as part of a team.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDELC Hist of Scand Novel
Course organiserDr Bjarne Thomsen
Tel: (0131 6)50 4022
Course secretaryMiss Gillian Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646
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