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SCAND 100 A: Introduction to Scandinavian Culture

MW 11:30am - 12:20pm / ECE 105
TTh 11:30am - 12:20pm / ARC 147
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Guntis Šmidchens

Syllabus Description:

Welcome to SCAND 100: Introduction to Scandinavia!

In Spring Quarter 2020, this class will be taught online! This Canvas website will be updated soon.

Here is the weekly schedule of topics and assigned readings.

  • Please note that some changes will happen over the quarter.  Go to the Modules section of this website to follow up-to-date weekly plans.

Please watch this 1-minute video (it's also available under Panopto Recordings - see the left top side of this screen).  Below you'll find some information about books for this class. (For information about class meetings, reading assignments, etc., click on "Modules" on the left side of this screen.)


Please buy the required books as early as possible, to make sure you have them when the class begins. If you run into problems, don't worry, we'll figure things out.  

UW Bookstore offers free shipping (and/or curbside pickup if you are in Seattle): [Link to UW Bookstore online, SCAND 100]. Please contact me (your instructor) if you run into problems ordering the books! 

  • Four books are required: (1) The Nordic Theory of Everything $16; (2) No One is Too Small to Make a Difference $10; (3) Doom 94 $20; and (4) Tofylis $5. 

    • The first three books are also available as digital Kindle books, from 
      (we'll read the fourth book in Week 6, so there's plenty of time to get that one)
  • Other required readings will be available here on this Canvas website.  
  • A fifth book, The Man Who Played with Fire, is available at the bookstore, but it is not required for this class (we were planning to meet the author, but the author's travel has been cancelled).  It is a fantastic book-- a true murder mystery; I hope some students will read it even if it's not required.  
Catalog Description: 
The Scandinavian experience from the Viking Age to the present day; the background for contemporary Scandinavian democracy, with major emphasis on the cultural, political, and religious development of the Scandinavian countries.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
December 31, 2019 - 9:22pm