Undergraduate Course: Scandinavian Languages 2 (ELCS08010)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course is an introduction to Danish, Norwegian and Swedish, their similarities and their differences. The course will provide students with a passive understanding of the two Scandinavian languages they have not actively studied in their first year at university so that they are able to understand and translate from all three languages and are able to explain the systematic similarities and differences between them.
A historical overview will explain the background to why Danish, Norwegian and Swedish are so close and text analyses will point to systematic differences between them. Their interrelationship will be analysed through the study of modern text samples. The course will establish a model to approach the differences between Danish, Norwegian and Swedish in a systematic way. There will be focus on the modern situation, with the influence from English and on the obstacles that exist for mutual comprehension between the Scandinavian languages. The course will also cover the theoretical and practical problems of translation from the three languages into English.
Each week the students will watch 1 or 2 short videos with voice-over (max. 9 minutes) to introduce them to specific themes to be studied [Asynchronous]. These videos are linked to further resources and core reading materials, available via the course Learn page [Asynchronous], with which the students will be required to engage. All students will also be assigned to small autonomous learning groups for the purpose of participating in a weekly discussion focusing on several questions relating to the week¿s themes. Each small group will discuss these questions outwith class time. The whole class will then meet synchronously, with members from each small group communicating their findings to the whole class [Synchronous]. When students are unable to attend the plenary discussion group, they will make an audio recording of their answers and submit them in advance of the plenary group meeting. If possible, the meeting will be recorded for the benefit of students who cannot attend in person or online. Teaching staff will respond to questions posted on the Learn discussion board for the remainder of the week [Asynchronous].
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Entry to any language course above introductory level is subject to a language test by the relevant subject area on arrival and at the discretion of the course organiser.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Semester 2, week 7: formative exercise: student group PowerPoint presentation with voice-over.
(1) Semester 1, week 12: essay; 1000 words; counts for 50% of the overall mark.
(2) Semester 2, week 11: poster project; 250 words; counts for 20% of the overall mark.
(3) Semester 2, week 11; translation project (including reflective comments), 750 words, counts for 30% of the overall mark.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of the history of Danish, Norwegian and Swedish, as well as the structural relationship between these languages, and the broader sociolinguistic situation in the Nordic region.
- Demonstrate a deeper understanding of Danish, Norwegian and Swedish vocabulary, grammar and syntax through translation practice.
- Analyse texts in the three mainland Scandinavian languages in a systematic manner using appropriate linguistic vocabulary and terminology, illustrating knowledge of the characteristic linguistic features of each of these languages.
- Communicate, present and interact effectively and confidently across a range of media
- Demonstrate self-reliance, initiative, and the ability to work flexibly with others as part of a team
|Lars S. Vikør: The Nordic Languages. Oslo 1993. |
Einar Haugen: The Scandinavian Languages. London 1976.
Oskar Bandle, ed.: The Nordic Languages: An International Handbook of the History of the North Germanic Languages. Walter de Gruyter, 2005.
B. Molde og A. Karker: Språkene i Norden. Arlöv 1983.
Skandinavisk ordbok. Stockholm, København, Oslo 1994.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Plus one other hour which will be decided upon the first week of class.
|Keywords||DELC Scand 2 Lang
|Course organiser||Dr Arne Kruse
Tel: (0131 6)50 4025
|Course secretary||Miss Gillian Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646