Terje I Leiren
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 SCAND 370.
This is a lecture/discussion course which looks at the history of Scandinavia and its people in the "viking age" (approx. AD 750-AD 1100). Through the use of the literary and archeological record, we examine the culture and society out of which the Viking raiders arose, their impact and influence on contemporary medieval Europe and their enduring legacy.
Student learning goals
To develop fundamental knowledge of Scandinavia in the Viking age
To gain a critical understanding of Viking life, history and culture
To gain an understanding and appreciation for a culture with strikingly differents assumptions about politics, religion, life and death than our own.
To develop an appreciation of the past and to write and think critically about it.
General method of instruction
Lecture and discussion
Class assignments and grading
Assignment to be familiar with geographic area of Viking influence and activity in preparation for a map quiz; Reading assignments for the two in-class exams.
Map Quiz (10%); First Exam (45%); Second Exam (45%)