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Ia G Dubois
SCAND 367
Seattle Campus

Sexuality in Scandinavia: Myth and Reality

Examines selected Scandinavian literary and socio-political texts, films, and art to manifest the reality behind the myths of sexual freedom in Scandinavia.

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Course content In Scand 367 you are exposed to literary works (novels and plays), critical articles, socio-political writings, films and guest lecturers in order for you to gain an in depth understanding of how the Scandinavian societies have perceived human sexualities since the late 19th century. The compiled reader includes texts from the Moral Debate in the 1880s to documents on trafficking of women and children today in order to highlight the development from mainstream ideologies in the past to the progressive humanitarian ideals of today. We will naturally also compare situations in Scandinavia with those in the American society.

Course format The course combines lectures, team discussions and reaction papers. The team discussions and reaction papers offer you the opportunity to vent, and reflect on, controversial topics. Please note that partaking in the team discussions is vital for your grade on the exams. This quarter I will give three pop quizzes to check that you have read the material before the class. It is important that you keep abreast with the readings to partake actively in the class. Three reaction papers are required for a full grade; they are personal reflections on a topic, text or film discussed in or outside of class. Note, they are one page opinion papers that are not graded, but the need to be submitted for a complete final grade!

There will be CLUE sessions that offer repetitions of studied material before the three tests. Dates for these, and location, will be announced ASAP. PowerPoint presentations will be posted of the class Moodle page, TBA.

Grading: Pop quizzes 10 % and Reaction Papers: 15 %; 3 tests: 75%

Course Objectives X To offer a comprehensive understanding of Scandinavian culture X To promote critical thinking on the role of conventions and mythmaking in society X To provide you the opportunity to consider on which models you base your opinions

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Last Update by Ia G Dubois
Date: 10/02/2012