Postgraduate Course: Old Norse (Level 11) (ELCS11011)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||A introduction to the language, literature and culture of medieval Scandinavia, with an emphasis on Iceland. A study in particular of saga and edda, and an examination of the critical approaches that have been taken in this field since c. 1880.
Civilisation topics may 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 may include extracts from:
- Snorra Edda
- Libellus Islandorum
- Žįttr Aušunar vestfirzka
- Eirķks saga rauša
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|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)
2,500 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 finely honed communication, presentation and interaction skills across a wide range of media and circumstances, both formal and informal, for lay and specialised audiences.
- Consistently exercise autonomy and initiative, taking significant responsibility for the work of others and for a range of resources to bring about new thinking.
|A detailed reading list is available in the Course Handbook.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Seminars jointly taught with undergraduate students [ELCS10004], with 5 additional tutorial hours exculsively for Lvl 11 students.
|Course organiser||Dr Alan MacNiven
Tel: (0131 6)50 3279
|Course secretary||Mr Iain Sutherland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3988