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SCANDINAVIAN STUDIES
SCANDINAVIAN

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SCAND 100 Introduction to Scandinavian Culture (5) VLPA/I&S
The Scandinavian experience from the Viking Age to the present day; the background for contemporary Scandinavian democracy, with major emphasis on the cultural, political, and religious development of the Scandinavian countries.
Instructor Course Description: Kyle Andrew Korynta Terje I Leiren

SCAND 150 Norwegian Literary and Cultural History (5) VLPA
A survey of Norwegian literary and cultural history from the Vikings to the present. Authors read include Bjornson, Ibsen, Hamsun, and Roolvaag.
Instructor Course Description: Jan Sjavik

SCAND 151 Finnish Literary and Cultural History (5) VLPA
A survey of Finnish literature and cultural history during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Authors studied include Lonnrot, Snellmann, Kivi, Sodergran, Linna, Haavikko, and Kaurismaki.
Instructor Course Description: Andrew Nestingen

SCAND 152 Latvian Literary and Cultural History (5) VLPA Grinberga
Survey of Latvian literary and cultural history from the nineteenth century to the present. Authors include Pumpurs, Rainis, Aspazija, Blaumanis, Nesaule, Bels, and Zalite.

SCAND 153 Introduction to Lithuanian Literary and Cultural History (5) VLPA Valanciauskiene
Surveys Lithuanian literary and cultural history from the Medieval period to the present. Authors include Dauksa, Maironis, Biliunas, Ciurloinis, Boruta, Granauskas, Aputis, Vilimaite, Milosz, and others.

SCAND 155 Danish Literary and Cultural History (5) VLPA Hansen
Introduces the literary and cultural history of Denmark. Focuses on several major literary works and cultural moments from the Viking Age, the Enlightenment, nineteenth-century Romanticism, twentieth-century Modernism, and current Danish literature, journalism, and film.

SCAND 200 Contemporary Scandinavian Society (5) I&S
Examines the distinctive policies, institutions, and social norms of contemporary Scandinavian societies. Topics include: Nordic geography, the development of a "middle way" between capitalism and socialism, universal social policies, Scandinavia in the international system, and contemporary challenges to Scandinavian societies. Recommended: SCAND 100.

SCAND 230 Introduction to Folklore Studies (5) VLPA/I&S
Comprehensive overview of the field of folkloristics, focusing on verbal genres, customs, belief, and material culture. Particular attention to the issues of community, identity, and ethnicity. Offered: jointly with C LIT 230.
Instructor Course Description: Guntis I. Smidchens

SCAND 232 Hans Christian Andersen and the Fairy Tale Tradition (5) VLPA
Influence of Hans Christian Andersen and the fairy tale on modern Scandinavian tales and stories. Investigates the significance of the fairy tale in the modern world, with attention to writers such as Isak Dinesen, Knut Hamsun, Villy Sorensen, William Heinesen.
Instructor Course Description: Marianne T Stecher Melissa M. Lucas

SCAND 251 Holberg and His Comedies in English (2) VLPA
Holberg and his major dramas, with attention to the comic tradition in the Scandinavian theatre.

SCAND 270 Sagas of the Vikings (5) VLPA
Icelandic sagas and poetry about Vikings in the context of thirteenth-century society.
Instructor Course Description: Patricia L Conroy

SCAND 275 Crime Scenes: Investigating the Cinema and Its Cultures (5) VLPA Ames, Nestingen
Teaches how to analyze film by closely studying crime scenes from historical and contemporary German and Scandinavian cinema. Directors studied include Fritz Lang, Carl Th. Dreyer, Billy Wilder, and Lars von Trier. Offered: jointly with GERMAN 275.
Instructor Course Description: Eric C. Ames

SCAND 280 Ibsen and His Major Plays in English (5) VLPA
Reading and discussion of Ibsen's major plays.
Instructor Course Description: Jan Sjavik

SCAND 312 Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature (5) VLPA
Major works of Scandinavian literature by selected authors.
Instructor Course Description: Jan Henrik Krogh Nielsen Marianne T Stecher

SCAND 315 Scandinavian Crime Fiction (5) VLPA Nestingen
Studies Scandinavian crime-fiction literature and cinema since 1965, approaching crime fiction as a changing cultural artifact. Analyzes major issues and texts in the genre and its public status, while also training students in critical approaches to study of popular literature and culture. Offered: jointly with JSIS D 317; Sp.
Instructor Course Description: Andrew Nestingen

SCAND 326 Scandinavia in World Affairs (5) I&S
Introduction to the foreign relations of Scandinavia with a focus on Nordic security, international economic pressures, and global conflict resolution. Includes a survey of the national settings for international involvements and highlights the dilemmas for industrial societies exposed to the pressures of interdependence. Offered: jointly with POL S 326.

SCAND 327 Women in Scandinavian Society (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines the changing position of women in Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden from the 1880s to the contemporary period. Readings in literature and political science.

SCAND 330 Scandinavian Mythology (5) VLPA
Integrative study of religious life in the pre-Christian North. Emphasis on source materials, including the Prose Edda and Poetic Edda. Discussion of historical, archeological, and folkloric evidence.

SCAND 331 Folk Narrative (5) VLPA
Survey of various genres of folk narratives studied in performance contexts to reveal their socio-cultural functions in a variety of milieux. Theory and history of folk narrative study, taxonomy, genre classification, and interpretative approaches. Recommended: either SCAND 230 or C LIT 230. Offered: jointly with C LIT 331.
Instructor Course Description: Guntis I. Smidchens

SCAND 334 Immigrant and Ethnic Folklore (5) VLPA/I&S
Survey of verbal, customary, and material folk traditions in ethnic context. Theories of ethnic folklore research applied to the traditions of American communities of Scandinavian, Baltic, or other European ancestry. Recommended: either SCAND 230 or C LIT 230. Offered: jointly with C LIT 334.
Instructor Course Description: Guntis I. Smidchens

SCAND 335 Scandinavian Children's Literature (5) VLPA
The history, forms, and themes of Scandinavian children's literature from H. C. Andersen to the present. Exploration of the dominant concerns of authors, adult and non-adult audiences, and the uses to which juvenile and adolescent literature are put. Film adaptations and Scandinavian-American materials included.
Instructor Course Description: Ann-Charlotte Gavel Adams

SCAND 340 Kalevala and the Epic Tradition (5) VLPA
An interdisciplinary approach to the Finnish national epic Kalevala, Estonian Kalevipoeg, and Saami Peivebarnen suongah jehtanasan maajisn. Discussion of traditional worldview, cultural revitalization, and emergent nationalism in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Finland, Estonia, and Saamiland.
Instructor Course Description: Karoliina Kuisma

SCAND 341 Sami Culture and History (5) VLPA/I&S
An interdisciplinary look at the culture of Sami (Lapp) people in Scandinavia from the earliest archeological and textual evidence to the present day. Focus on indigenous modes of expression and worldview, as well as contemporary cultural and political activism.

SCAND 344 The Baltic States and Scandinavia (5) I&S
Survey of the cultures and history of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania from the Viking Age to the present, with particular attention to Baltic-Scandinavian contacts. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 344.
Instructor Course Description: Guntis I. Smidchens

SCAND 345 Baltic Cultures (5) VLPA/I&S
Cultures and peoples of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Baltic literature, music, art, and film in social and historical context. Traditional contacts with Scandinavia and Central and East Europe. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 345.
Instructor Course Description: Guntis I. Smidchens

SCAND 350 Environmental Norms in International Politics (5) I&S Ingebritsen
Surveys development of international environmental consciousness from 1960s to present. Models of "green development"; ways in which norms for resource use have entered global politics. Patterns of state compliance with international environmental agreements, and why states fall short of meeting their international obligations. Offered: jointly with ENVIR 360/JSIS B 350.

SCAND 351 Scandinavia, the European Union, and Global Climate Change (5) I&S
Reviews the history of climate change, the role of Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius in defining greenhouse effects, Scandinavian policy response, and the role of the European Union in global climate change. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 351; WSp.

SCAND 360 Scandinavian Cinema (3/5) VLPA
Major Scandinavian films and film directors from the 1920s to the present.
Instructor Course Description: Andrew Nestingen Katherine J. Hanson

SCAND 367 Sexuality in Scandinavia: Myth and Reality (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines selected Scandinavian literary and socio-political texts, films, and art to manifest the reality behind the myths of sexual freedom in Scandinavia.
Instructor Course Description: Ia G Dubois

SCAND 370 The Vikings (5) VLPA/I&S
Vikings at home in Scandinavia and abroad, with particular emphasis on their activities as revealed in archaeological finds and in historical and literary sources. Offered: jointly with HSTAM 370.
Instructor Course Description: Terje I Leiren

SCAND 380 History of Scandinavia to 1720 (5) I&S
Scandinavian history from the Viking Age to 1720, with an emphasis on the political, social, and economic development of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. Offered: jointly with HSTEU 380.
Instructor Course Description: Terje I Leiren

SCAND 381 History of Scandinavia Since 1720 (5) I&S
Scandinavian history from the Enlightenment to the Welfare State with emphasis on the political, social, and economic development of the modern Scandinavian nations of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. Offered: jointly with HSTEU 381.

SCAND 399 Foreign Study in Scandinavia (1-5, max. 20)
Pan-Scandinavian coursework in Scandinavia, including courses in English.

SCAND 402 International Political Economy and Scandinavia (5) I&S
Overview of the most prominent theoretical approaches to the study of international political economy. Evaluates competing theories and applies these to explain contemporary problems in international political economy. Readings include examples from Scandinavia's experience.

SCAND 403 Scandinavian Immigration in History and Literature (5) VLPA/I&S
History and literature of Scandinavian immigration to North America, including immigrant life and culture, community structures and traditions, and the literature about and by immigrants from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Offered: jointly with HIST 403.

SCAND 427 Scandinavian Women Writers in English Translation (5) VLPA
Selected works by major Scandinavian women writers from mid-nineteenth-century bourgeois realism to the present with focus on feminist issues in literary criticism. Offered: jointly with GWSS 429.
Instructor Course Description: Ann-Charlotte Gavel Adams

SCAND 430 Readings in Folklore (5) VLPA
Exploration of theoretical and methodological issues in folklore studies through independent reading of journal articles published during the last five years. Recommended: either SCAND 230 or C LIT 230. Offered: jointly with C LIT 430.

SCAND 431 The Northern European Ballad (5) VLPA
Integrative study of the Northern European Ballad, with an emphasis on texts, performance, context, history, theory, genre classification, and interpretive approaches. Offered: jointly with C LIT 431.
Instructor Course Description: Patricia L Conroy

SCAND 437 Politics in Scandinavia (5) I&S
Twentieth-century politics in Scandinavia. How Scandinavian countries have been governed. Costs and consequences of their governmental style and its uncertain future. Optimal size of polities, problems of mature welfare states, process of leadership and representation in multiparty systems, decline of political parties. Offered: jointly with POL S 437.

SCAND 445 War and Occupation in Northern Europe: History, Fiction, and Memoir (5) VLPA/I&S
The study of literary representations (fiction, memoirs, and personal narratives) dealing with World War II and the occupation of the Nordic and Baltic countries. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 442.
Instructor Course Description: Marianne T Stecher

SCAND 450 Scandinavian Literary History (3) VLPA
Survey of Scandinavian literary history. Recommended: either DANISH 203, FINN 203, NORW 203, or SWED 203.

SCAND 454 Baltic History (5) I&S
Overview of the history of the area occupied by the Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. Emphasizes their emergence as modern European nation-states. Era from World War I to present treated in depth, including the historical role and present situation of non-Baltic peoples, particularly Russians. Offered: jointly with HSTEU 454.
Instructor Course Description: Guntis I. Smidchens

SCAND 455 Baltic States Since 1991 (5) I&S
Intensive interdisciplinary survey of social, political, and economic developments in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania since 1991. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 455.
Instructor Course Description: Guntis I. Smidchens

SCAND 460 History of the Scandinavian Languages (5) VLPA
Development of languages from common Scandinavian to contemporary Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Faroese, and Icelandic. Recommended: either DANISH 203, FINN 203, NORW 203, or SWED 203.

SCAND 462 Isak Dinesen and Karen Blixen (5) VLPA
The fiction of Isak Dinesen (pseudonym for Karen Blixen) reevaluated in light of current issues in literary criticism, particularly feminist criticism. Close readings of selected tales, essays, and criticism. Offered: jointly with GWSS 462.
Instructor Course Description: Marianne T Stecher

SCAND 470 Scandinavian Autuers (5, max. 10) VLPA Nestingen
Studies the body of work of Scandinavia's auteur filmmakers. Introduces the theory and history of auteur cinema, with special attention to Scandinavian filmmakers' contribution. Offered: jointly with C LIT 474; AWSp.
Instructor Course Description: Andrew Nestingen

SCAND 479 Eco-Capitalism (5) I&S Ingebritsen
Explores the idea of environmentalism and sustainability across societies. Compares and contrasts how prominent authors in the field assess the risks and opportunities of human effects on climate and ecology. Questions explored include: will ecological solutions be critical to the revival of the global economy? Why do place such as Europe adapt more readily to environmental challenges? Offered: jointly with JSIS A 429.

SCAND 480 Kierkegaard and Decadence in European Literature (5) VLPA
Reading and discussion of core texts by Soren Kierkegaard, as well as a consideration of the relationship between Kierkegaardian thought and the literary practice of various writers of Scandinavian and European decadence. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 480.
Instructor Course Description: Jan Sjavik

SCAND 481 August Strindberg and European Cultural History (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines the work of Swedish dramatist, novelist, and painter August Strindberg, in the context of European literary movements and history of ideas from 1880 to 1912, and Strindberg's influence on twentieth-century drama and film. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 481.

SCAND 482 Knut Hamsun and Early European Modernism (5) VLPA
Reading and discussion of significant novels by Knut Hamsun, whose oeuvre is considered in the context of works by other European modernist writers. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 482.
Instructor Course Description: Jan Sjavik

SCAND 490 Special Topics (1-5, max. 15)
Special topics in Scandinavian art, literature, culture, and history. Course offerings based on instructor's specialty and student demand.
Instructor Course Description: Aija Helena Elg Guntis I. Smidchens Jan Henrik Krogh Nielsen Kirstine Marie Kastbjerg Jan Sjavik

SCAND 495 Foreign Study: Research Project (1-5, max. 10)
Research on approved topic.

SCAND 498 Senior Essay (5) VLPA
Undergraduate research and the writing of a senior essay in Scandinavian area studies.

SCAND 499 Independent Study or Research (1-5, max. 10)
Independent study or research in Scandinavian area studies. May be done in a Scandinavian language or in English.

SCAND 500 Introductory Readings in Old Icelandic (5)
Systematic study of the grammatical structure of Old Icelandic and the reading of several short prose works.

SCAND 501 Old Icelandic Language and Literature (5)
Reading of a major work in Old Icelandic literature as a vehicle for discussions about literary history and genre, narrative, and rhetorical strategies.

SCAND 503 Methods of Scandinavian Studies (5)
Introduction to Scandinavian studies on the graduate level with emphasis on Scandinavian literature, folklore, history, and politics.

SCAND 504 Contemporary Literary Theory (5)
Contemporary literary theory and its application to Scandinavian texts. Prerequisite: graduate student standing or permission of instructor.
Instructor Course Description: Andrew Nestingen Jan Sjavik

SCAND 505 Topics in Scandinavian Drama and Film (5, max. 15)
Seminar on a selected topic in Scandinavian drama or film, such as an author (Holberg, Ibsen, Strindberg, Bergman), a period, a genre, or a movement.

SCAND 508 Topics in Scandinavian Prose (5, max. 15)
Seminar on various topics in Scandinavian prose, including shorter prose texts, as well as a selection of the significant novels of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Instructor Course Description: Marianne T Stecher

SCAND 515 Pre-Nineteenth-Century Scandinavian Literature (5)
Seminar on Scandinavian literature of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries.

SCAND 518 Foreign Language Teaching Methodology (2) Brandl
Current foreign language teaching methods and approaches. Learning and teaching strategies and techniques for the four skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening) including cultural notions. Current and future trends in pedagogy and technology. Offered: jointly with GERMAN 518/NEAR E 518/SLAV 518.

SCAND 519 Modern Scandinavian Politics (5)
Analyzes the political, economic, and historical development of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Finland from World War II to the present. Readings focus on domestic and foreign policies that distinguish these countries from other advanced industrial societies. Offered: jointly with POL S 519.

SCAND 520 Topics in Scandinavian Poetry (5, max. 15)
Seminar on selected periods of Scandinavian poetry: romanticism, symbolism, modernism, and contemporary poetry. Poetry examined in relation to the literary canon of each country and to Scandinavian literature as a whole. International influences also discussed.

SCAND 525 Topics in Scandinavian History (5, max. 15)
Seminar on selected topics in Scandinavian history.

SCAND 530 Old Norse Literature (3)
Studies in the poetry and prose tradition of medieval Iceland and Norway.

SCAND 533 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Community in Scandinavia (5)
Humanistic examination of community creation, maintenance, and change in the Nordic region. Examples drawn from folklore, literature, activism, popular culture, history. Focus on issues of gender, belief, and art in relation to community. Coursework includes both individual and collaborative assignments.

SCAND 570 Scandinavian Auteurs (5, max. 10) VLPA Nestingen
Seminar on auteur filmmakers in Scandinavian cinema, studying specific auteurs' bodies of work, theories of auteur cinema, and the history of auteurism in Scandinavian cinema. Offered: jointly with C LIT 574; AWSp.
Instructor Course Description: Andrew Nestingen

SCAND 579 Eco-Capitalism (5) Ingebritsen
Explores the idea of environmentalism and sustainability across societies. Compares and contrasts how prominent authors in the field assess the risks and opportunities of human effects on climate and ecology. Questions explored include: will ecological solutions be critical to the revival of the global economy? Why do place such as Europe adapt more readily to environmental challenges? Offered: jointly with JSIS A 529.

SCAND 580 Kierkegaard and Decadence in European Literature (5) Sjavik
Examines Kierkegaardian thought and the literary practice of various writers of Scandinavian and European decadence. Offered: Sp.

SCAND 581 August Strindberg and European Cultural History (5) Adams
Seminar on Swedish dramatist, novelist, scientist, and painter August Strindberg (1849-1912), on of Europe's most influential artists, and on of the most important innovators of modern drama. Offered: Sp.

SCAND 582 Knut Hamsun and Early European Modernism (5) Sjavik
Examines Knut Hamsun's early works and their relationship to early European modernist literature. Offered: W.

SCAND 590 Special Topics in Scandinavian Literature (1-5, max. 15)

Instructor Course Description: Guntis I. Smidchens Marianne T Stecher

SCAND 594 Modern Methods and Materials in Teaching Scandinavian and Baltic Languages (3)
Theory and practice of communicative language teaching; current developments in foreign-language teaching; evaluation of teaching materials; includes attendance at the departmental and university-wide fall orientation; required for beginning teaching assistants of Scandinavian and the Baltic languages. May not be taken for credit if GRDSCH 615 already taken. Prerequisite: SCAND 518. Credit/no-credit only.

SCAND 595 Teaching Assistant Workshop (1) Brandl
Focuses on topics in language pedagogy. Required for continuing teaching assistants in Scandinavian studies. Includes participation in the departmental and University-wide fall orientation teaching workshops. Prerequisite: SCAND 518; SCAND 594. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: A.

SCAND 600 Independent Study or Research (*-)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Instructor Course Description: Guntis I. Smidchens

SCAND 700 Master's Thesis (*-)

SCAND 800 Doctoral Dissertation (*-)