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Guntis I. Smidchens
SCAND 590
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Scandinavian Literature

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.

Student learning goals

Learn about the history of singing traditions in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

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

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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