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Scandinavian Courses


SWED 101 - 1st Year Swedish (A. Doxtater)

Thorough grammatical foundation in idiomatic Swedish with emphasis on both reading and speaking.

SWED 201 - 2nd Year Swedish (A. Doxtater)

This course builds upon the skills developed in the first year Swedish sequence. Our emphasis falls on the further development of the students ability to produce and comprehend Swedish. The student will be asked to produce language through speaking and writing, and to receive it through listening and reading. The primary goal of the course is to improve the student's ability to communicate in the target language. This is accomplished through regular conversation and composition in Swedish as well as an intensive review of grammatical structures. Though the student will be given the opportunity to refine their language skills through the reproduction of everyday speech situations, students will be given additional material that enables them to gain familiarity with the cultural context in which Swedish is spoken. Therefore we will read and discuss various Swedish texts, including dialogs, short narratives, and newspaper articles.

Literature & Culture

SCAN 251 - Text and Interpretation (M. Stern)

This class is about stories. It is about how we tell them, what they mean to us, and how narrative permeates the very fabric of our understanding of the world. Considering this and remembering that our “universe” of stories includes narratives that we have been told, have read, and tell ourselves; we can safely say that we are not the authors of our entire sense of the world. This raises several interesting questions about the relationship between the “self” and the “other.” Some of these questions include: Are our stories our own? Who speaks for us? How do I know who I am? What obligation, if any, do I have towards others? To what extent are we determined by history? and What is the relationship between speech and experience? It is my hope that we can begin to answer these questions and raise other ones that will enable us to understand better the process through which we try to make sense of the world.

 In order to approach these questions, we will read and analyze a series of literary and philosophical texts and we will also view two films. Please note that all the course material highlights the difficulty of interpretation. In other words, our goal is to develop the critical thinking skills that enable us to more accurately read our experiences and understand representations of our environments. With this goal in mind, I have decided to introduce you to a number of works that interrogate the notions of identity, authority, and truth. In other words, we will use the texts in our course as examples for an investigation of how narratives construct or if you prefer, color, our sense of “reality.”

   Texts in the course include: H.C. Andersen’s “The Snow Queen, Isak Dinesen's (Karen Blixen's) "The Blank Page" and "Roads Round Pisa," Søren Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling, Selma Lagerlöf’s The Saga of Gösta Berling, and two tales by Edgar Allen Poe, "William Wilson" and "The Man of the Crowd." We shall also watch two films, Reprise by Joakim von Trier, and Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal.

This course satisfies the both the Arts and letters group and the International Cultures requirements.

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HUM 300 - The Closest of Strangers: "Africa" and Otherness (M. Stern)

The guiding premise of this class is rather straightforward: the understanding of the self and of culture as it emerges in European modernity is dependent on both a conception of the other and an idea of human progression. Therefore, we will explore how this relationship between self and other works within a specific dynamic: we will compare Europeans describing Africa with Africans describing Europe and the United States. In this way, we will be able to glimpse at the complex cultural legacies that have grown out of the triangular relationship between Europe, Africa, and the United States, which was and still is strongly punctuated by the trading of human beings as goods and its ideological justifications. Our exploration will raise many issues that are tied to some of the basic tenets that we attach to the idea of the self as it relates to larger categories of identification. These categories include: race, gender, religion, progress, development, “primitivity,” freedom, and the historical subject. As our concentration will reside in the realm of the cultural, we will read novels, watch film, and listen to music from England, France, Trinidad, Martinique, Sudan, South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria, and the United States. All readings will be in English

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SCAN 316 - History of Cinema (A. Doxtater)

Cinema has enjoyed a privileged position in Scandinavian and Finnish culture since the early days of the twentieth century. This course, the History of Nordic Cinema, is part of a three course series that covers both the place of cinematic and mass culture in the development of Nordic culture and the contributions that cinema from this region has made to world culture. In it, the student views and analyzes key cultural artifacts to illustrate the development of Nordic visual mass culture through time.

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This course satisfies both Arts and Letters and International Culture requirements. It introduces the students to methods that can be used for film analysis and for construing the cinematic historical importance of the films under consideration. The course also has international implications on both a regional and global level as it addresses visual mass culture from all five Nordic countries and discusses the impact of Nordic film on the history of cinema in its entirety. This course may be taken alone or as part of the three year Nordic cinema series.

SCAN 343 - Norse Mythology (G. Gurley)

This course will be a critical evaluation of the religious beliefs in Scandinavia from prehistory through the Viking Age. We will examine very thoroughly three mythological texts, The Edda, The Prose Edda, and Ynglinga saga. To facilitate our study of the primary sources of Norse mythology we will make use of both Indo-European data and Scandinavian folklore and belief. Throughout the course the students will be encouraged to broaden their understanding of the primary materials by being introduced to many of the scholarly debates and trends of the field.

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SCAN 403 - Thesis (STAFF)

SCAN 405 - Reading (STAFF)

SCAN 409 - Practicum (STAFF)

SCAN 605 - Reading (STAFF)

SCAN 609 - Practicum (STAFF)

SCAN 609 - Practicum Pedagogy (STAFF)