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Terje I Leiren
SCAND 370
Seattle Campus

The Vikings

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.

Class description

This is a lecture/discussion course which looks at the history of Scandinavia and its people in the "viking age" (approx. AD 750-AD1100). 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 about 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 different assumptions about politics, religion, life and death than our own.

To develop an appreciation for the past and to write and think critically about it.

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

No specific prerquisites necessary.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments to be familiar with the geographic area fo Viking influence and activity in preparation for classroom discussion and map quiz; Review lecture notes and fulfill reading assignments in preparation for the two in-class exams.

Map Quiz (10%); First Exam (45%); Second exam (45%).


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Last Update by Terje I Leiren
Date: 04/29/2010