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Course Overview

The year 793: a surprise viking attack on the peaceful monastic island of Lindisfarne. This raid is often considered to mark the beginning of the so-called Viking Age, a time of turbulence and transformation with repercussions throughout Europe and beyond. This period saw violence and warfare, cultural contact and religious conversion, political overhaul, and literary and artistic creativity. As well as critically interrogating the concepts of the ‘viking’ and the ‘Viking Age’, this course provides an introduction to key themes and topics in the study of early Scandinavia, c. 800-1200.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Programme Level 2

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  • HI2026 Vikings: an Introduction (Studied)

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Course Description

This course introduces students to key themes and topics in the study of Viking Age and medieval Scandinavia, c. 800-1200, through critical analysis of primary and secondary sources. Weekly lectures plus secondary reading assignments will allow you to study topics such as: pre-Christian myth and religion; gender roles; law and social organisation; the viking expansion into the British and Irish Isles and North Atlantic; cultural production; conversion and Christianization. Tutorials will allow you to get to grips in more detail with primary sources ranging from archaeological finds and rune-stones to legal texts, chronicles, poetry, myths and sagas, and to talk through interpretative positions and debates taken by scholars in the field.

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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.

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