Undergraduate Course: Old Norse Studies (Ordinary) (ELCS09004)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||A course on the history, culture and language of medieval Iceland, with the close study of a range of sample texts.
Civilisation topics include:
- Iceland: Settlement & Society
- Old Norse: Origins, Grammar & Pronunciation
- Old Icelandic Literature
- Hrafnkel's Saga & Heroic Morality
- Snorri Sturluson & Old Icelandic Poetry
- Old Icelandic Historiography
- The Gift Economy
- Old Norse Palaeography
Grammar work will cover:
- Cases and vowel mutation
- Articles, Demonstratives & Personal Pronouns
- Adjectives: Strong, weak and comparative
- Verbs: Strong, weak and irregular; tense, voice, mood and suffixes
Old Norse texts covered include extracts from:
- Snorra Edda
- Libellus Islandorum
- Žįttr Aušunar vestfirzka
- Eirķks saga rauša
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||In 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Continuous Assessment (70%), comprising:
Language Exercises (20%)
500 word Essay proposal (formative)
8-10 minute presentation (formative)
2,000 word essay (summative)
2-hour degree exam (split evenly between language and civilisation)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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.
- 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.
- Produce clear, complex reports, articles and essays, which develop arguments both critically and systematically with the use of relevant emphases, subsidiary points, and examples.
- Demonstrate well-honed communication, presentation and interaction skills across a wide range of media and circumstances.
- Exercise autonomy and initiative, taking responsibility for the work of others and for a range of resources.
|A detailed reading list is available in the Course Handbook|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Old Norse,Old Icelandic,saga,edda,Snorri Sturluson,Iceland,Medieval,Viking
|Course organiser||Dr Alan MacNiven
Tel: (0131 6)50 3279
|Course secretary||Miss Gillian Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646