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

Undergraduate Course: History of the Scandinavian Languages (Ordinary) (ELCS09009)

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
SummaryThe course explores the emergence of Scandinavian as a separate branch of Germanic, examines the early sources, sums up the dramatic changes that are significant for the Syncope Period, covers the linguistic consequences of the Viking expansion, and explains the development of the three modern mainland Scandinavian languages; Danish, Norwegian and Swedish.
Course description Through the course, a clear distinction between inner and outer language history is established and there is focus on models that facilitate the understanding of processes behind linguistic change, e.g. how social power structures influence the development of a language. Following the theory behind language contact situations, there is special emphasis on how Scandinavian has influenced the English language as well as how Low German in turn influenced Medieval Danish, Norwegian and Swedish.
The course will provide students with an opportunity to study samples of Scandinavian at various stages, from Proto-Scandinavian to Modern Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. It will be expected that students actively take part in discussions and give short presentations in class.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesIn order to be eligible to take 4th 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 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 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 - One essay, 2000 words, worth 30% of the final mark,
and a two hour degree exam worth 70%
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
The course aims at explaining how changes in language happen, and how this in particular has resulted in the three modern Scandinavian languages.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserMr Arne Kruse
Tel: (0131 6)50 4025
Course secretaryMiss Gillian Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646
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