SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009


^ SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only)



Medieval Scandinavian Mythology and Religion


This course will aim to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Old Norse myths, their relationship to religious belief and SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 practices, their use in literature, and their place within the wider world of mythology. This course also introduces students to the theoretical background of mythographic scholarship, giving them an insight into the major critical SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 movements that have shaped our understanding of mythology and tying these methodological approaches to the primary texts studied, in order to test their relevance to, and usefulness in, the study of SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 medieval Scandinavian mythology.


Key Texts: Dronke, U., ed., ^ The Poetic Edda, 2 vols. (Oxford, 1969-97)

Faulkes, A., ed., Snorri Sturluson, Edda. Prologue and Gylfaginning (Oxford, 1982)

Faulkes, A., trans., Snorri Sturluson, Edda (London, 1987)

Larrington, C., trans SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009., The Poetic Edda (Oxford, 1996)


Reference reading:

Csapo, E., ^ Theories of Mythology (Oxford, 2004)

Lindow, J., Scandinavian Mythology: an Annotated Bibliography (New York, 1988)

Lindow, J., Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009, Rituals, and Beliefs (New York, 2001)

Orchard, A., Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend (London, 1998)

Simek, R., ^ Dictionary of Northern Mythology, trans. A. Hall (Cambridge, 1993)


Prerequisites: Scandinavian Studies students wishing to take this SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 course must have taken, or be taking concurrently, SCAN 7402 (Old Norse I).


Teaching: 20 hours lectures/seminars (1 hour per week)


Assessment: Written paper (70%)

Coursework (30%)


Minimum number: Normally 2 students


Maximum number: Not applicable


Value: 0.5 CU

7.5 credits


Teacher SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009: Dr C Abram


Course co-ordinator: Dr C Abram

SCAN 7503 (not available 2008-09)


^ ICELANDIC FOLKLORE AS CULTURAL NARRATIVE


This course aims to introduce students to the theories and ideas of nationalism and cultural studies through the SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 study of Icelandic folklore, its various forms, its social history and context, and its role in the expression and performance of a national and popular culture from the late Middle Ages to the present, in SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 order to develop an understanding of the ways in which folklore develops, functions, and helps shape national identity. A selection of folk tales from different genres will be read, their main SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 motifs and functions analysed, and their role in modern Icelandic culture examined, including their recreation by the people, the media and the culture industries.


This course will be taught in seminar form, with SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 the main emphasis on texts and approached in the autumn term, and on analysis in the spring term. You will be expected to have read a number of assigned texts for each SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 class, to submit reading/viewing notes, and to participate actively in class discussions based on the reading for that week. You will also be required to do one oral presentation during each SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 term.


Basic reading: Alan Boucher, ^ Icelandic Folk and Fairy Tales (Iceland Review 1987)

Jacqueline Simpson, Icelandic Folktales and Legends (Tempus 2004)

Einar Ó. Sveinsson, The Folk-Stories of Iceland (Viking Society 2003)

Vladimir SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 Propp, Morphology of the Folktale (U of Texas Press 1969)

Bruno Bettelheim, ^ The Uses of Enchantment (Penguin 1991)

Tim Edensor, National Identity, Popular Culture and Everyday Life

Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic (Penguin SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009, 1991)

Jack Zipes, Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and

Fairy Tales (Rev. edn. 2002)

Matthew Driscoll, The Unwashed Children of Eve (Hisarlik 1997)


Prerequisites: Normally a C or higher in Introduction SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 to Literary Studies

Teaching: 20 hours seminars

Assessment: 2 course essays (50% each)

Minimum number: 2

Maximum number: 15

Value: 0.5 CU

7.5 credits

Teacher: Dr D Neijmann

Course co-ordinator: Dr D Neijmann


SEEF1001 (taught at SSEES, autumn and spring terms)


^ FINNISH LANGUAGE LEVEL 1


This is SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 a course for students who have little or no prior knowledge of Finnish and who wish to attain a level of competence which will allow them to communicate effectively SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 in a number of straightforward situations. Students will also be introduced to the reading of simple texts, including works of literature, in Finnish. The course provides a knowledge of basic Finnish grammar and vocabulary SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 as well as an introduction to the culture of Finland and Finns, wherever they may live.


The course aims to:

• enable students to learn Finnish ab initio and to attain SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 (in all language skills) a level of competence at which they can function in Finnish, at a basic level, in straightforward everyday situations

• prepare students for the reading of selected texts in Finnish in the SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 next stage of their degree (in courses requiring reading of literary and other texts) and for interaction with native speakers of Finnish, whether in this country or when visiting Finland

• introduce SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 students to some of the problems and techniques of translation

• initiate and develop awareness of and interest in basic aspects of Finland and societies where Finnish is spoken

• provide students with a sound linguistic foundation for SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 the Finnish Level 2 Course.


Textbooks used will include the following:

• Hyvin menee! Suomea aikuisille by Satu Heikkilä, Pirkko Majakangas, Otava 2002. ISBN 951-1-17117-8.

• Kieli käyttöön – suomen kielen alkeisoppikirja by Marjukka Kenttäl SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009ä, Helsinki University Press 2000. ISBN 951-570-388-3.

Course materials produced by the teacher will also be provided.


In addition, students will find the following useful:

• Finnish – An Essential Grammar by Fred Karlsson, Routledge 1999. ISBN 0415207053.

• Suomi-opas SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 by Tuulikki Elo, Ilpo Probst, Päivi Virén, WSOY 2002. ISBN 951-0-26659-0.

A list of relevant websites and online reference materials will be provided at the start of the course.

Students will SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 require a dictionary at an early stage in the course. The following are recommended:

• Gummeruksen suuri suomen kielen sanakirja by Timo Nurmi, Gummerus 2004. ISBN 951-20-6541-X.

• Nykysuomen keskeinen sanasto by Timo Nurmi, Gummerus SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 2004. ISBN 951-20-6686-6.


Prerequisites: Open to students who have little or no knowledge of Finnish


Teaching: 105 hours seminars/tutorials (5 hours per week)

Assessment: Written paper: 1 (70%); Oral: 1 (15%); Aural: (15%)


Value: 1.0 CU/15 credits

Teacher: To be confirmed


For more details SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 about this course please contact languageenquiries@ssees.ucl.ac.uk or visit the SSEES Language Unit at 13-16 Taviton Street (3rd Floor).


SEEF2001 and SEEF2002 (taught at SSEES, autumn and spring SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 terms)


^ FINNISH LANGUAGE LEVEL 2A (Comprehension)

FINNISH LANGUAGE LEVEL 2B (Production)


This is a course for students who have successfully completed Finnish Level 1. This is the normal point of entry for students with SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 native or near-native command of Finnish who, in addition to extending their existing competence, will be enabled to attain the required level of

metalinguistic competence required for effective study in an English SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009-speaking university environment. Students who complete the course successfully will attain a level of competence in Finnish which will enable them to communicate effectively in a wide range of situations. The course SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 consists of two components, comprehension and production, each of which has the value of 0.5 of a course-unit. Students registered for degrees in the Department of Scandinavian Studies may take just the SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 comprehension component, but may not take the production component on its own.


The course aims to:

• enable students to build on the knowledge of Finnish which they have already acquired and SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 to attain (in all language skills) a level of competence at which they can function effectively in a wide range of situations

• develop awareness of problems of translation

• develop awareness of and interest in wider aspects of SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 Finland and societies where Finnish

is spoken


The following coursebook(s) will be used:

• Finnish – An Essential Grammar by Fred Karlsson, Routledge 1999. ISBN 0415207053.

• Suomen kielen jatko-oppikirja by Leena Silfverberg. Finn Lectura 2000. ISBN 951-792- 072-5.

• Harjoituskirja SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 suomen kielen jatko-opetusta varten by Leena Silfverberg. Finn Lectura 2000. ISBN 951-792-074-1.

• Suomen kielioppia ulkomaalaisille by Leila White. Finn Lectura 2001. ISBN 951-792-092-x.

Additional course materials will be provided by the SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 teacher.


In addition, students will find the following useful:

• Kieli käyttöön: Suomen kielen jatko-oppikirja by Marjukka Kenttälä. Helsinki University Press 2000. ISBN 951-570-463-4.

A list of relevant websites and online reference materials will SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 be provided at the start of the course.

The following dictionaries are recommended:

• Gummeruksen suuri suomen kielen sanakirja by Timo Nurmi, Gummerus 2004. ISBN 951-20-6541-X.

• Nykysuomen keskeinen sanasto by Timo SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 Nurmi, Gummerus 2004. ISBN 951-20-6686-6.


Prerequisites: Open to students who have successfully completed Finnish Level 1, or who can demonstrate equivalent competence in Finnish or who are native speakers of Finnish


Teaching: 80 hours seminars/tutorials (4 hours per week)

Value SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009: 0.5 CU/7.5 credits (2A)

0.5 CU/7.5 credits (2B)


Teacher: To be confirmed


For more details about this course please contact languageenquiries@ssees.ucl.ac.uk or visit the SSEES Language Unit at SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 13-16 Taviton Street (3rd Floor).


SEEF2003 Introduction to Finnish Society and Culture (taught at SSEES, autumn and spring terms)


This course seeks to provide a broad introduction to a small nation-state situated on the northern SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 periphery of the continent of Europe. The central theme of the course will be the question of national identity: how has it been achieved, and in what conditions and SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 circumstances? Answers will be sought by studying how the Finns live, what has shaped their style and manner of life, how they perceive themselves and how others perceive them. Topics will include history and SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 politics, state and society, language, folk culture, literature and the arts. No prior knowledge of Finnish language is required, but you will learn new vocabulary along the course.


^ Course-unit value: 1.0 cu


Availability SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009: Annual

Open to: Students of BA Finnish and East European Studies in their first year. Any other student in any year.


Other participants: Dr D Abondolo

Course leader: Dr T Hjelm


^ Teaching and Learning SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 Methods:


Twenty two-hour classes in the form of lectures and seminar-type discussions. You are required to write a short (1-page) ‘orientation paper’ for each class, which will be discussed. The SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 topics for the papers are given at the end of each session. We will also view a Finnish film and visit the Finnish Institute in London, or an appropriate exhibition or performance, when applicable SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009. The essays will make up 30% of the final mark with the final examination contributing the other 70%.


Assessment:


By a three-hour unseen examination and two practice essays of 2000 words SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009, submitted at the end of fall and spring semester.


Essays


During the course students are required to write two essays. Submission of these is a prerequisite for proceeding to the examination. Students formulate SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 their own essay questions on the basis of their own interests. The fall term essay should consider the topics discussed during the first term and the spring term essay the topics discussed during SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 the second term. The question should address a specific problem; it is not an opportunity merely to list a succession of facts about an issue. Students should confirm the title with the course SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 tutor who will give you further guidance on readings, question formulation, and so on.


^ SEEF2009 Reading Finnish Society and Culture (taught at SSEES, autumn and spring terms)
This course explores central themes SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 in Finnish society and culture through the study of Finnish texts. The course deepens the knowledge attained in the first-year introductory course by looking at specific cases which illuminate Finnish social and SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 cultural life and the construction of Finnish identity in discourse. Topics include history and society, language, media, folk culture, literature, popular culture and the arts. Basic knowledge of Finnish language SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 is required as the source material and documents used in teaching are mostly in Finnish.


^ Title: Reading Finnish Society and Culture

Course-unit value: 1.0 cu

Availability: Annual

Open to: Students of BA Finnish and East European SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 Studies in their

second year. Any other student in any year.


^ Other participants: Dr D Abondolo

Course leader: Dr T Hjelm


Aims


Teaching and Learning Methods


Twenty two-hour classes in the form of lectures SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 and seminar-type discussions. Students are required to write a short (1-page) ‘orientation paper’ for each class, which will be discussed. We will also view a Finnish film and visit an appropriate exhibition or SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 performance, if applicable.


Assessment


By a three-hour unseen examination and two practice essays of 2000 words, submitted at the end of fall and spring semester. The orientation papers and essays will SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 make up 50% of the final mark with the final examination contributing the other 50%.


Essays


During the course students are required to write two essays. Submission of these is a prerequisite for proceeding SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 to the examination. Students formulate their own essay questions on the basis of their own interests. The fall term essay should consider the topics discussed during the first term and the spring SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 term essay the topics discussed during the second term. The question should address a specific problem; it is not an opportunity merely to list a succession of facts about an issue. Students should SCAN 7404 (available 2008-09; spring term only) - Graduate course programmes 2008-2009 confirm the title with the course tutor who will give you further guidance on readings, question formulation, and so on.


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