SCAND 100, Winter 2018
Introduction to Scandinavian Culture
When and where: MTWTh, 1:20 to 2:20, GUG 220
Lecturer: Liina-Ly Roos, email@example.com
Office: Raitt Hall, 305Q
Office hours: M at 10:30-11:30; W at 2:30-3:20
What do we know about the Vikings? Are the Scandinavian countries the happiest nations in the world? What was Baltic singing revolution? How did World War II impact the Nordic-Baltic region? How diverse is the Nordic-Baltic region today? What do IKEA, Nordic crime fiction, Pippi Longstocking, SKAM, Finnish tango, and e-Estonia tell us about the Nordic and Baltic countries?
This course will discuss these questions and offer you an introduction to the Scandinavian countries and the greater Nordic-Baltic region. By the end of the course you will be familiar with important works of literature, film, music and ongoing cultural debates in the Nordic and Baltic countries. We will approach the source material by focusing on concepts, such as nature, nation, family, childhood, happiness, melancholy, freedom and diversity. This course’s curriculum will suit both the general interests of students from across campus, as well as serve as a foundational course for students pursuing a major or minor in Scandinavian Studies or Scandinavian Languages and Literature.
Student Learning Objectives:
- To gain a knowledge of the Nordic-Baltic region in a broad cultural, literary and social context.
- To be able to investigate specific Nordic and Baltic literary texts, major figures, and ideas.
- To develop skills for interpreting literary texts and films.
- To investigate the Nordic and Baltic countries’ role and contributions as small nations in a globalizing world.
Available at the University Book Store. Please be sure to purchase the editions listed!
Pippi Longstocking***Puffin Books (2005)
Nordic Theory of Everything***Harper'Collins Publishers (2016/2017)
Other documents, links and streaming will be provided on Canvas.
All students will complete weekly and sometimes bi-weekly journal assignments. The journal will provide a place to collect short commentaries, to paste images, produce sketches, ‘brain clouds,’ etc. Prompts will be posted on Canvas and/or announced in class. On weekly journal days, students will exchange materials and respond with short, in-class writing and conversation (10-20 minutes). Journals will be evaluated and given a preliminary grade at midterm (week 7), a final grade at the end of the quarter. Students will upload photos of their journal entries to Canvas. See the rubric posted on Canvas (“does not meet/meets/exceeds expectations”).
Goals of this assignment include 1) engaging thoughtfully and creatively with readings, lectures, and other course materials; 2) producing a document of interest (maybe even beauty); 3) receiving peer feedback and evaluation; 4) producing pre-writing for micro-papers and gaining familiarity with materials for quiz-prep; 5) thinking differently
Due dates for uploading journal entries:
Three tests will be given over the course of the quarter (during weeks 3, 6, and 10). Tests will consist of reading identification and analysis, as well as lecture-content and concept-engagement questions. They will be open note. They should be completed in groups.
Goal: testing your preparation, familiarity, and engagement with reading, lectures, and guest lectures
Group test dates:
Micro Papers 20%
You will upload two micro papers (225-255 words) on Canvas during the quarter. These papers can be submitted earlier but no later than week 4 (paper 1: January 30) and week 8 (paper 2: February 27). See the prompts and “does not meet/meets/exceeds expectations” rubric on Canvas.
Goals: 1) receiving feedback, 2) practicing the skill of short and concise communication (the ‘elevator speech’), 3) producing focused and revised work
Due dates for Micro Papers:
Policies and Procedures
If the course schedule lists a reading or video that must be read or watched for a particular class, you are responsible for doing so before that class; please come prepared! Bring the readings that are assigned for that day with you.
Do not cheat. Cheating and plagiarism include, but are not limited to
- Copying the work of others or allowing others to do your work;
Directly quoting the words of others without using quotation marks, indented format, and in-
text citations to identify them; or
- Using sources (published or unpublished) without identifying them; or
Paraphrasing materials or borrowing the ideas of others without identifying the sources.
Plagiarizing, or copying and/or using the words or ideas of others without proper acknowledgement, undermines your learning, devalues the degree that you are seeking, and will result in failure of the assignment. Acknowledge and/or cite every single source that you consider when producing assignments! Over-citing is better than under-citing. If you need help understanding and avoiding plagiarism, talk to your professor.
Late assignments will NOT be accepted (except in cases of emergency or illness, to be considered on a case by case basis). Contact me before the due date if you have a legitimate reason for lateness or need an extension.
Please practice professionalism, care, and respect for yourself and those around you. The classroom is a community in which we learn from one another, so showing up and caring matter.
You are more than welcome to email me with well-considered questions. I will generally respond to emails within 48 hours. You are also welcome to visit me during office hours. My office is an LGBTQ friendly place.
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Course Schedule and Assignments:
Week 1: Jan 7-10
Mon: Introduction to the class and syllabus
Tue: Images of Scandinavia
Read: Prologue and Chapters 1-2 of Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu Partanen
MODULE 1: "Wars and borders"
Wed: Scandinavian and Baltic nation-states
Read: "Estonia's Innovation Culture: How did it happen?"
Thu: WWII in Scandinavia and Baltic + JOURNAL DAY
Week 2: Jan 14-17
Mon: Cold War in Iceland and the Nordic countries
Read: Excerpt from The Atom Station by Halldor Laxness
Tues: Guest lecture: Post-WWII Faroese literature
Wed: Crossing the Baltic sea
Watch: Disco and Atomic War
MODULE 2: "Nature and Society"
Thurs: Forest as refuge + JOURNAL DAY
Read: Excerpt from Man who Spoke Snakish by Andrus Kivirähk
Week 3: Jan 14-17
Mon: NO CLASS
Tues: Cabins as refuge, therapy, horror?
Wed: Guest lecture: Nature in Finnish films
Thu: Group Test 1
Week 4: Jan 28-31
MODULE 3: "Childhood and Welfare State"
Mon: Education and childhood in Nordic welfare states + JOURNAL DAY
Read: Chapters 3-5 of Nordic Theory of Everything
Tues: Astrid Lindgren and Scandinavian Children's literature
Read: pages 11-88 from Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Wed: Pippi Longstocking and the Autonomous Child
Read: pages 89-144 from Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Thurs: Sámi Childhoods + MICRO PAPER 1 DUE
Watch: Sami Blood
Week 5: Feb 4-7
Mon: Sámi people in contemporary Nordic countries + JOURNAL DAY
Read: Excerpt from The Sámi People: Traditions and Transition
MODULE 3: "Family, Gender and Sexuality"
Tue: Love, poetry and gender in the Viking age
Read: "Saga of Gunnlaug the Serpeant tongue"
Wed: Musical perfomance by Latvian Composer Peteris Vasks + JOURNALS DUE
Thu: Guest lecture on Icelandic sagas
Week 6: Feb 11-14
Mon: Guest lecture on the Moomin culture
Read: Excerpts from Tales from Moominvalley by Tove Jansson
Tues: The Modern Breakthrough - Brandes, Ibsen, Strindberg, Kallas
Wed: Henrik Ibsen's A Dolls House
Read: pages 3-57 of A Dolls House
Thu: Guest Lecture, Olivia Gunn on A Dolls House and Henrik Ibsen
Read: pages 58-81 of A Dolls House
Week 7: Feb 18-21
Mon: NO CLASS
Tue: Guest lecture on gender and equity in Danish education
Wed: Sexuality and gender in post-Soviet Baltic countries + JOURNAL DAY
Thu: GROUP TEST 2
Week 8: Feb 25-28
MODULE 5: "Happiness and Misery"
Mon: Nordic happiness
Read: chapters 6-9 of The Nordic Theory of Everything
Tue: Buying hygge and happiness?
Wed: Scandinavian crime fiction, guest lecture
Watch: 1-2 episodes of The Bridge
Thu: IKEA as a utopia
Read: "The Cultural archive of the IKEA store" + MICRO PAPER 2 DUE!
Week 9: March 4-7
Mon: Guest lecture on Finnish tango and melancholy
MODULE 6: "Diversity and migration"
Tue: The Danish Cartoon Crisis and free speech + JOURNAL DAY
Wed: Guest musical perfomance of Arvo Pärt's music
Thu: Migration and new nationalism in the Nordic-Baltic region
Week 10: March 11-14
Mon: Discussion of Amateurs
Tue: Presentation of Skam and its unique approach to storytelling + JOURNAL DAY
Watch: first 4 episodes of Skam Season 3
Read: “From ‘secret’ online teen drama to international cult phenomenon”
Wed: Discussion of Skam and representation of diversity and agency + JOURNALS DUE
Watch: episode 5-8 of season 3 at home.
Thu: GROUP TEST 3
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