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