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Guntis I. Smidchens
SCAND 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Special topics in Scandinavian art, literature, culture, and history. Course offerings based on instructor's specialty and student demand.

Class description

This course explores the history of singing traditions in the Baltic. We aim to reconstruct a historical and cultural context for the “Singing Revolution,” the nonviolent movement for the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, 1988-1991.

How can singing play a role in politics, and is singing necessary to human existence? - these are questions we'll address.

Student learning goals

Learn about the history of singing traditions in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from the late 1700s to 1991

Learn about 150 songs that shaped the Baltic national cultures

Write three short essays about the relation between songs and politics.

General method of instruction

The course will meet two times a week for intensive discussion of the assigned readings.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites

Class assignments and grading

Students will be required to participate in class discussions, and write three response papers to the readings.

33% Class participation: discussions about reading and listening assignments 33% Three response essays 33% Quizzes and exams


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 Guntis I. Smidchens
Date: 03/07/2012