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

Undergraduate Course: Viking Studies (Ordinary) (ELCS09010)

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
SummaryThis course addresses the historical developments referred to collectively as the Viking Age, c 800-1066 AD. The intention is to investigate Scandinavian Iron Age society in an attempt to identify possible reasons for the Viking expansion, to survey the various forms the expansion took and to explore the legacy it left behind. There will be a special focus on raids and settlement in the British Isles and the North Atlantic. Emphasis throughout will be on the critical interpretation of the various sources available historical, archaeological, genetic, onomastic, literary as well as the ways in which different kinds of sources can be used to supplement one another.
Course description W1: General Introduction / History: Written Sources & Historiography
Debate - Perceptions, Points of View & Prejudices
W2: Archaeology
Tutorial: Reading the Material Record
W3: Language & Literacy
W4: Iron Age Scandinavia
The Viking Ship
W5: Life & Death
Weights, Measures & Economic Models
W6: Reading Week
W7: Social Structure & World View
Ritual & Belief
W8: Scotland before the Viking Age
The Gall-Ghàidheil Ritual & Belief
W9: The Northern Isles
The North Atlantic
W10: North America and The Vinland Sagas
W11: The Scandinavian Influence on English & Scots
The Viking Legacy: Use & Abuse
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesIn order to be eligible to take this 3rd year Option, 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 1
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 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Continuous Assessment (50%), comprising:
500 word essay proposal (formative)
8-10 minute presentation (formative)
2,000 word essay (summative)

Exam (50%)
2-hour degree exam
Feedback Not entered
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 good understanding of the historical developments referred to collectively as 'The Viking Age', and covered by the period c. AD 800-1066, from the reasons for the Viking expansion to the legacy it left behind.
  2. Execute a critical appraise the various forms taken by the Viking Expansion utilising a wide range of sources, approaches and methods of interpretation, including historical, archaeological, linguistic, and onomastic, crossing disciplines such as philology and history.
  3. Produce clear, 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
Additional Class Delivery Information In addition to the weekly seminars, there will be one extra session for course presentations.
KeywordsViking,Expansion,Diaspora,Norse,Old Norse,Archaeology,Scandinavia,Medieval,Place-Names,History
Course organiserDr Alan MacNiven
Tel: (0131 6)50 3279
Course secretaryMiss Gillian Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646
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