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

Undergraduate Course: Scandinavian Literature 2 (ELCS08029)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course description This course covers a wide variety of literary forms and authors, including Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales and travel writing, the Naturalistic drama of Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg, short stories from bourgeois and proletarian authors, covering both urban and rural concerns, along with a selection of modernist poetry, and several different types of novel, including the dystopian novel, the Gothic novel, the crime novel, and the coming-of-age novel. 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, and against a background of political and social changes including democratisation, Occupation and the development of the welfare-state.

Breakdown of Learning and 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 core reading and further resources, available via the course Learn page [Asynchronous]. Engaging with these materials is essential for participation in the weekly seminars. Once per semester students will also prepare and deliver a formative presentation on an assigned aspect of the course. Depending on class size, these will be given in pairs or in groups [Synchronous]. Students will also participate actively in each week's two seminars, preparing for and engaging in discussion as directed [Synchronous].

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take the form of written assignments submitted in the exam weeks of Semester 1 and Semester 2. At the end of Semester 1, students will submit two, 500-word "Snapshots of Scandinavian Literature" based on questions related to individual topics covered in Semester 1. At the end of Semester 2, students will submit a 1500-word essay, on a question relating to one of the topics covered in semester 2.

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.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Swedish 1 (ELCS08027) OR Norwegian 1 (ELCS08028) OR Danish 1 (ELCS08033))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesEntry 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 149 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%
Formative exercises:
Semester 1, week 11: student presentations
Semester 2, week 5: student presentations

Summative assessment:
Semester 1:
50% Snapshots of Scandinavian Literature (1000 words).
Semester 2:
50% Course Essay (1500 words)

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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Construct clear and coherent arguments about modern Scandinavian literature, including major literary periods and representative authors
  2. Appraise Scandinavian literary texts, using close analysis of themes, form and style and engaging with relevant secondary sources.
  3. Position literary texts within their historical and cultural contexts.
  4. Interpret layers of meaning within individual texts and between groups of literary texts.
  5. Present their research in different formats (verbal presentations, written summaries, and essays).
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDELC Scand 2 Lit
Course organiserDr Alan MacNiven
Tel: (0131 6)50 3279
Course secretaryMiss Hope Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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