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Course Overview

This course critically evaluates representations and functions of Old Norse myth and legend in both medieval and modern contexts. It will enable students to better understand the myths, beliefs and stories of Viking and medieval Scandinavia in their own historical contexts, and to analyse the political and cultural implications of their endurance, significance and popularity into the modern world.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Hannah Burrows

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


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Course Description

This course explores (in translation) the main primary sources for Old Norse myth and legend, enabling students to better understand Viking and medieval Scandinavian myths, beliefs, gods and heroes, in their original historical contexts. Once an understanding of the medieval sources (mainly textual, including poetry and prose, but also material and artistic evidence) has been established, the course considers the ongoing impact and significance of these myths and tales in various historical contexts up to today. We will critically evaluate representations of the Old Norse world in contexts from national socialism to Hollywood, and consider the political and cultural implications of post-medieval uses (and abuses) of Norse myth and legend.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 9 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Online Exam (60%)
1,000 word Gobbet Exercise (20%)
1,000 word Essay Response (20%)

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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