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Terje I Leiren
SCAND 100
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Scandinavian Culture

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.

Class description

Scand 100 is a largely topical overview of main themes in Scandinavian history and culture. This course will cver the northern region of Europe, including the countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. A brief look across the Baltic to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will also be included. Geographically on the periphery of Europe, Scandinavia has played a significant role in the development of European political and cultural history from the Vikings to modern times. Topics discussed in this class will include the Vikings, religion and the State, Traditions and Folklore, War and Pear in the North, and Living in Scandinavia Today.

Student learning goals

To develop fundamental knowledge about the Scandinavian region

To develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the history, culture and societies of the Scandinavian countries.

General method of instruction

Lecture/discussion

Recommended preparation

None necessary

Class assignments and grading

Read assigned text book. Two writing assignments relating to internet research Review lecture notes and notes from video presentations presented in class.

Two short writing assignments which are submitted, read by the instructor and returned for rewriting. Student then re-submits for a grade. - 20% Three in-class exams. - 70% Participation - (self-evaluation) - 10%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Terje I Leiren
Date: 10/16/2007