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Undergraduate Course: Nynorsk Language and Literature (ELCS10011)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryNynorsk is one of the two official written standards of Norwegian. This course charts the history of the Nynorsk language and its associated literary and cultural output, as well as introducing the main features of Nynorsk grammar and vocabulary in a way that is accessible to all students with the required previous knowledge of Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish.
Course description In a series of lectures, student presentations and group work, students will study the historical, political and ideological background to Nynorsk: one of the two official written standards of Norwegian. The inner development of the language and the history of the Nynorsk movement will be investigated with reference to the wider context of the emergence of modern Norway. Nynorsk culture will be explored through selected highlights of poetry, drama and literature written in Nynorsk over the course of the language's history. Students will also be introduced to the main features of the grammar and vocabulary of Nynorsk.

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: Danish Language 2 (ELCS08008) OR Norwegian Language 2 (ELCS08011) OR Swedish Language 2 (ELCS08013)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass is required at first attempt.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of ideological principles behind the development of Nynorsk, the history of the Nynorsk movement, and its contextual background.
  2. Critically appraise themes, issues and wider contexts of selected highlights from Nynorsk literary and cultural production.
  3. Apply a good knowledge of the fundamentals of Nynorsk grammar and vocabulary when writing short texts in Nynorsk.
  4. Produce clear and coherent essays of different lengths, developing arguments both critically and systematically with the use of relevant emphases, subsidiary points, and examples.
  5. Participate meaningfully in discussion of selected themes, demonstrating finely honed communication, presentation and interaction skills across a range of media and circumstances.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Guy Puzey
Tel: (0131 6)50 3639
Course secretaryMrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528
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