History of Scandinavia: ancient and medieval

Course Dates: 22/09/21 - 27/10/21
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: Online
This course is the first in a two-part programme on the history and culture of Scandinavia and its diaspora from time immemorial to the present. This first course will cover the ancient and medieval periods.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £57.00

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Course Code: HEH66

Started Wed, eve, 22 Sep - 27 Oct '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is a basic primer on the history and culture of Scandianvia and its diaspora during Antiquity and the Middle Ages. The goal of the course is to instill in learners an understanding of Scandinavia/ns during this period as well as the longer-term currents which have shaped Scandinavian culture up to the present day. The majority of the course will focus on mainland Scandinavia, but special attention is paid to Iceland in dedicated sessions due to the island society’s importance as an “anthropological laboratory”. The Iceland sessions will not only add to the course goals as stated above but also provide more general insights into the strength of the human spirit, the processes of society and state formation, and other aspects of human experience and social science.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

1.Questions of Peoplehood and Origins (Lecture & Seminar)
2.Viking and Medieval Scandinavia (Lecture and Seminar)
3.Viking and Medieval Iceland (Lecture and Seminar)
4.The Sagas and Other Icelandic Texts (Lecture & Seminar)
5.Continental Writings on and from Medieval Scandinavia (Lecture & Seminar)
6.The Kalmar Union in Scandinavia and the Diaspora (Lecture and Seminar
)N.B., Medieval Orkney, the Faeroes, Greenland, Varangians, Rus, Normans, the Adventus Saxonum, Irish Vikings, the Great Heathen Army, etc. will be discussed in sessions relating to the mainland or Iceland depending on how content will best and most efficiently be delivered. Because of how expansive the Scandinavian diaspora became during the Viking Age, this is a necessary measure.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

1) Increase your cultural sensitivity and awareness of and towards Scandinavian people(s), based on a deep understanding of their historical-cultural/linguistic origins.
2) Read, analyse, and collegially debate / discuss Scandinavian material at a tertiary level.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Those new to Scandinavian history are welcome. An interest in the subject and history generally is essential. All necessary background material will be given and the course will be pitched at 1st year undergraduate level- however no exams or essays are required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

A mixture of lecture and seminar discussion. Pre- session tasks/ reading will be given. These are optional but completion will enhance your enjoyment/understandiing of the course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All reading materials will be provided free of charge to learners. Learners will need a laptop or other mobile device to access online learning, and whatever materials they may require to take notes during sessions and intersession tasks.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HEH67 History of Scandinavia: modern and contemporary.

Daniel White

Dr Daniel White is a Philologist and Historian of the Medieval West Norse World. He studied at the University of Birmingham (BA, MA), the University of Iceland, and University College London (PhD). Daniel´s academic research centres on the literary and historical dimensions of the fourteenth-century Icelandic compilation Sturlunga saga. He has also previously published translations of The Tale of Geirmundr heljarskinn (Delos, 2018) and The Saga of Þórðr kakali (Punctum Books, 2020).

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