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Undergraduate Course: Old Norse Studies (Ordinary) (ELCS09004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA course on the history, culture and language of medieval Iceland, with the close study of a range of sample texts.
Course description Topics include:

Iceland: Settlement & Society
Old Norse: Origins, Grammar & Pronunciation
Old Icelandic Literature
Snorra Edda
Hrafnkel's Saga & Heroic Morality
Snorri Sturluson & Old Icelandic Poetry
Old Icelandic Historiography
Ari fróši Žorgilsson & Libellus Islandorum
The Gift Economy
Žįttr Aušunar vestfirzka
Old Norse Palaeography
Eirķks saga rauša
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 Ordinary students only.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesIn order to be eligible to take 3rd Year Options, Visiting Students should have the equivalent of at least two years of study at University level of the appropriate language(s) and culture(s). Non-Visiting students will only be permitted at the discretion of the Course Organiser.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 30 %, Coursework 70 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Continuous Assessment (70%), comprising:
Language Exercises (20%)
Essay (50%)
500 word Essay proposal (formative)
8-10 minute presentation (formative)
2,000 word essay (summative)

Exam (30%)
2-hour degree exam (split evenly between language and civilisation)
Feedback Not entered
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 good understanding of the fundamentals of Old Norse grammar, syntax and vocabulary, along with the themes, issues and wider contexts of the supporting literary corpus.
  2. Parse and translate previously seen Old Norse texts to English; critically appraise developments in Old Norse culture and society utilising a range of sources, approaches and methods of interpretation.
  3. Produce clear, complex reports, articles and essays, which develop arguments both critically and systematically with the use of relevant emphases, subsidiary points, and examples.
  4. Demonstrate well-honed communication, presentation and interaction skills across a wide range of media and circumstances.
  5. Exercise autonomy and initiative, taking responsibility for the work of others and for a range of resources.
Reading List
A detailed reading list is available in the Course Handbook
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsOld Norse,Old Icelandic,saga,edda,Snorri Sturluson,Iceland,Medieval,Viking
Course organiserDr Alan MacNiven
Tel: (0131 6)50 3279
Course secretaryMiss Gillian Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646
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