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Undergraduate Course: Scandinavian Civilisation A: Vikings, Sagas and the Road to Enlightenment (ELCS08037)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA wide-ranging survey of Scandinavian history and culture (literature, film and the visual arts), with a focus on the Viking Age, the later Middle Ages and the Nordic Enlightenment. At the end of the course, the student will have an understanding of the individuality of the Scandinavian nations, of their shared heritage and their connections with Europe as a whole in respect of the periods studied. No language knowledge is involved and all texts will be dealt with in translation. When available, this course can be taken together with Scandinavian Civilisation B (when available) to form a 40 credit block, ideal for outside subjects and full-year visiting students.
Course description Breakdown of Learning & Teaching Activities:
Students will begin each week by watching some short videos as an introduction to the specific themes to be studied [Asynchronous]. The videos are linked to further resources and core reading materials, available via the course Learn page [Asynchronous]. Engaging with these materials is essential for participation in the weekly seminar and tutorials.
NB: While the Seminar is a whole class activity, you will be assigned to one of three smaller groups for the Tutorial.

Summative Assessment:
Following each week's learning and teaching activities, students will complete a computer-marked Multiple-Choice Quiz via Learn [Asynchronous]. The Quiz will test whether they have absorbed and understood the factual underpinning of a named theme from the required readings. Each week's Quiz will have to be completed before 5pm on Friday of the relevant teaching week.

Online Assessments 1 and 2 share a common format. One question will be mapped to the content of each week's tuition. In weeks 6 and 12 respectively, students will select two questions from the preceeding 5 weeks' topics, on which to write and submit two, 500-word 'Snap-shots of Scandinavian Civilisation'. Detailed formative feedback will be provided for Online Assessment 1 only.

Potentially Re-Traumatising Content:
In this course, we will be discussing content that may be re-traumatising to some students. Themes broached will include misogyny, military violence, and Viking slavery. 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students wishing to enroll on this course must not previously have taken Scandinavian Historical and Cultural Topics 2 (ELCS08023) OR Scandinavian Historical and Cultural Topics: From Runes to Rock Music (ELCS08034)
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%
Leading and participating in group discussion (Formative)
20%: 10 x Weekly Quiz
40%: Online Assessment 1 (1000 words)
40%: Online Assessment 2 (1000 words)
Feedback Students will gain written feedback on their first written assignment providing specific and synoptic advice on the positive aspects of their work, where it could be improved, and how this might be done.

Any student wishing to discuss their results in more detail should make an appointment with the marker.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the main Nordic historical, social and cultural currents which have shaped Nordic identities from the last Ice Age until c. 1800, as seen through a range of disciplines, using a selection of core theories, principles and concepts.
  2. Analyse, interpret and critique information and data from a variety of available source materials to compare and contrast ideas, concepts and issues, while taking account of different disciplinary, interpretive, cultural and geographical contexts.
  3. Use a range of approaches to formulate and present evidence-based responses to specific issues within the common understanding of Nordic history, culture and politics between the Ice Age and c. 1800.
  4. Exhibit effective communication, presentation and interaction skills using the available range of media and platforms.
  5. Demonstrate self-reliance, organisation, structured thinking and where feasible, the ability to work flexibly with others as part of a team.
Reading List
The Saga of Gisli Faulkes, A. (ed.) (2004) Three Icelandic Outlaw Sagas: The Saga of Gisli; The Saga of Grettir; The Saga of Hord. Viking Society for Northern Research
'List of Rig' Larrington, C. (trans.& ed.) (1999) The Poetic Edda. Oxford World's Classics
Carl Linaeus: The Lapland Journey Graves, P. (trans. & ed.) (1995). The Lockarton Press.

Brown, A. (2009) Fishing in Utopia: Sweden and the Future That Disappeared. Granta Books
Booth, M. (2014) The Almost Nearly Perfect People. Jonathon Cape
Derry, T.K. (1979) A History of Scandinavia. George Allen & Unwin, London
Mead, W.R. (1981) A Historic Geography of Scandinavia. Academic Press
Fullerton, B. & Knowles, R. (1991) Scandinavia. Paul Chapman
Meinander H, (2011) A History of Finland. Hurst
Page, R.I. (1987) Reading the Past: Runes. British Museum Press
Brink, S. & Price, N. (eds.) (2008) The Viking World. Routledge
Roesdahl, E. (1998) The Vikings. Penguin Books
Crawford, B.E. (1987) Scandinavian Scotland. Leicester University Press
Graham-Campbell, J. & Batey, C.E. (1998) Vikings in Scotland: An Archaeological Survey. Edinburgh University Press
Woolf, A. (2007) From Pictland to Alba 789-1070. Edinburgh University Press
Sawyer, P. (ed.) (1999) The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings. Oxford University Press
Forte, A., Oram, R. & Pedersen, F. (2005) Viking Empires. Cambridge University Press
McTurk, R. (ed.) (2007) A Companion to Old Norse Literature and Culture. Blackwell Publishing
Larrington, C. (1999) The Poetic Edda. Oxford University Press
Byock, J.L. (2001) VikingAge Iceland. Penguin Books
Faulkes, A. (1987) Snorri Sturluson: Edda. Everyman
Warme, L. G. (1996) A History of Swedish literature. University of Nebraska Press.
Roberts, M. (1991 (repr. 2003)). From Oxenstierna to Charles XII. Four Studies. Cambridge University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsVikings,sagas,Scandinavia,Norse,Medieval,Charles XII,Reformation,Enlightenment,Linneus,Nordic
Course organiserDr Alan MacNiven
Tel: (0131 6)50 3279
Course secretaryMs June Cahongo
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
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