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HI552M: OLD NORSE 2: LANGUAGE, INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETY (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

This course develops students' Old Norse skills, building on those gained in Old Norse 1, by studying more advanced language topics and introducing more complex texts such as poetry, runes and unnormalised Old Norse. Poetry and runes can offer a fascinating insight into the pre-Christian Old Norse world and present opportunities to consider the mediality and challenges of a variety of source types. In addition, students will read and discuss a variety of sources for thinking about early Scandinavian society will consider the latest positions in research in the field.

 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Hannah Burrows

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course aims to develop intermediate Old Norse skills by reading and translating real Old Norse texts, including poetry and runes, and to explore the use of these sources for understanding the pre-literary world of Scandinavia. In addition, students will gain a broader knowledge of early Scandinavian society via a range of primary and secondary sources and thematic seminar discussion.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Read complex Old Norse texts with the aid of a dictionary and grammar
  • Critically evaluate Old Norse-English translations and demonstrate an understanding of the choices and compromises involved in translating
  • Analyse poetic and runological phenomena for their value in understanding the society and culture of pre-literary Scandinavia.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key topics relating to early Scandinavian history and society.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 25, 27, 29, 33, 38
  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 26, 28, 30, 32, 34

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

4000 word essay 60%

Take home tests and translation exercises 40%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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