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

Undergraduate Course: Old Norse Studies (ELCS10004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting 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 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
- Nouns
- 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
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Danish Language 2 (ELCS08008) OR Swedish Language 2 (ELCS08013) OR Norwegian Language 2 (ELCS08011)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass is required at first attempt.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
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 finely honed communication, presentation and interaction skills across a wide range of media and circumstances, both formal and informal, for lay and specialised audiences.
  5. Consistently exercise autonomy and initiative, taking significant responsibility for the work of others and for a range of resources to bring about new thinking.
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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