Kyle Andrew Korynta
Topics related to Norwegian literature, life, and civilization. Recommended: NORW 203.
Arctic Expeditions, Environment, and Peoples (Spring 2013).
This course will be conducted in Norwegian.
Student learning goals
This course looks at Scandinavian explorers and expeditions as well as Scandinavian control of, and influence in, the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Topics include the expeditions of Eric the Red, Leif Erikson, Fridtjof Nansen, and Roald Amundsen; whaling, coal mining, and the world seed vault on Svalbard; climate change and its effects on the arctic tundra and the sustainability of the Norse in Greenland and the Sami people in Northern Scandinavia, the melting of the polar ice, and the opening up of the Northwest Passage. The course will also include an exploration of myths, legends, and religions in the far North.
General method of instruction
Recommended: NORW 203
Class assignments and grading
Written assignments: 30% Presentation: 10% Quizzes: 30% Course Paper: 30%