Undergraduate Course: Scandinavian Literature 2 (ELCS08029)
|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 will introduce students to key texts and topics in the history of Scandinavian (Danish, Norwegian and Swedish) literature from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. The course will give students the opportunity to study a range of literary forms in context, aiming to develop skills in literary analysis as well as an awareness of different critical approaches to literature. The course aims to equip students with reading strategies that are sensitive to cultural and historical difference.
The course covers the folk tale, Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales and travel writing, Henrik Ibsen's and August Strindberg's new drama, the dystopian novel, the gothic novel, the coming-of-age novel, and modern short fiction and poetry. These literary forms are situated in the context of cultural and ideological developments from Romanticism via the Scandinavian Modern Breakthrough to Modernism and proletarian writing as well as in the context of political and social changes such as democratisation, occupation and welfare-state development.
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities:
Asynchronous activities: Students are expected to...
-watch weekly video(s) introducing themes and materials to be studied in the week in question
-undertake guided reading of core primary and secondary material
-participate in weekly autonomous group work focused on set questions relating to the week's themes and materials
-contribute to a written summary of the autonomous group┐s findings, to be posted on Learn for the benefit of all students
-post an individual weekly written answer to a set question and respond to another student's answer on the Learn discussion board
-once per semester: prepare an individual powerpoint presentation with voice-over, linked to core and further reading materials, and post this presentation on the Learn page for the benefit of all students
-each semester students will prepare and produce a course essay, to be submitted in week 12. Course essay topics will be chosen from two lists of set questions (one per semester), made available at the beginning of the course.
Synchronous activities: Students are expected to...
-participate in weekly synchronous session facilitating further consideration of the week's themes as well as looking ahead to next week's tasks.
Potentially Re-Traumatising Content:
In this course, we will be discussing content that may be re-traumatising to some students. We believe in the importance of engaging with this material and so please rest assured that we will work with you to ensure you can participate fully and demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes of the course, without compromising your wellbeing or your academic development. If you have concerns at any point, we invite you to approach the course organiser to discuss how we can best support you in your work on this course. We affirm that you will be treated with dignity and respect in all discussions and at every stage of the course.
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 1, week 9: formative exercise: student powerpoint presentation with voice-over.
Semester 2, week 7: formative exercise: student powerpoint presentation with voice-over.
Semester 1, week 12: essay, on one of a selection of topics released at the beginning of the course; 1000 words; counts for 50% of the overall course result.
Semester 2, week 12: essay, on one of a selection of topics released at the beginning of the course; 1000 words; counts for 50% of the overall course result.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Construct clear and coherent arguments about modern Scandinavian literature, including major literary periods and representative authors
- Appraise Scandinavian literary texts, using close analysis of themes, form and style and engaging with relevant secondary sources.
- Position literary texts within their historical and cultural contexts.
- Interpret layers of meaning within individual texts and between groups of literary texts.
- Present their research in different formats (verbal presentations, written summaries, and essays).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||DELC Scand 2 Lit
|Course organiser||Dr Bjarne Thomsen
Tel: (0131 6)50 4022
|Course secretary||Miss Gillian Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646