Students will be able to read, critique and write formal analyses of key works (literary, cinematic, and artistic) from Scandinavian cultural history.
Nordic Cultural History
Students will develop a familiarity with some of the major works and movements from Scandinavian cultural history as well as a basic introduction to the scholarly discussions surrounding them. They will develop and demonstrate research skills as they complete a series of written assignments and presentations.
Students will be able to develop their own well-informed, critically provocative, and intellectually sound interpretations of different texts and be able to defend and expand these interpretations in classroom discussions and in writing assignments.
Because the course is structured around a variety of historical, theoretical, and cultural questions, students will develop and demonstrate an increased cultural literacy as they grapple with questions of ideology, identity, class, race, gender and memory in the context of the Scandinavian cultural history.
As students are confronted with the startling and strange and intriguing ways that Scandinavians represent the world, they will become more aware of their own habits of seeing and thinking. In several of their written assignments and class discussions, students will demonstrate their ability to thoughtfully reflect upon these different literary and visual practices and engage these different ideas in meaningful dialogue.