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OldNorse_syllabus - Scandinavian 3202 Old Norse Mythology...

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Scandinavian 3202: Old Norse Mythology Spring 2008 Professor: Tracey R. Sands Lecture Mon./Wed. 9:00-9:50, MCOL W100 E-mail: [email protected] Office: 237 McKenna Phone: (303) 492-6808 Office Hours: Monday 10-10:50 AM, Wed. 10:00-10:50 AM and1:00-1:50 PM, or by appt. Recitation Leaders: Joanna Peluso ([email protected]) Office: Macky 223 Office Hours: Tues. 12:30-2:00 PM, Thurs. 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Stephanie Rapp ([email protected]) Office: Macky 223 Office Hours: Tues./Wed. 12:30-2:00 PM Course Description: This course will examine the religion of the ancient Scandinavian peoples, as it may be understood on the basis of mythological texts, early chronicles, and archeological data. With the exception of short inscriptions in the runic alphabet, the Scandinavians, who did not adopt the technology of writing on parchment or paper until after the introduction of Christianity, left no texts of their own from the pre-Christian period. All of the surviving texts describing pre-Christian Scandinavian belief and practice were either produced by Christian Scandinavians who lived several hundred years after the introduction of Christianity, or by contemporary authors who were not Scandinavians, and, in most cases, had never visited the region. In this course we will attempt to understand pre-Christian Scandinavian religious beliefs and practices, based on a careful and critical examination of the extant sources. Course requirements and grading: Midterm 20% Final Exam 20% Term Paper 20% Essay Exams 30% Recitation 10% Exams will cover readings, lectures, and course discussions. The essay exams will be taken in recitation. Students will be given a group of questions in advance, and will be asked to write on one of these for the exam. The midterm and final exam will be short- answer exams. Final exam Wednesday, 7 May, 1:30-4:00 PM Term paper 5 pages in length, due Wed. 16 April (week 14). Students will choose a topic from a list provided by instructor.
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The Recitation grade will include attendance and participation in Recitation projects, as well as possible quizzes. Required Texts: T. DuBois, Nordic Religions in the Viking Age Snorri Sturluson, Heimskringla The Poetic Edda , trans. C. Larrington Snorri Sturluson, The Prose Edda Also required: research articles, excerpts from Saxo Grammaticus, excerpts from the Germania of Tacitus, all on CULearn Optional Text (strongly recommended!): John Lindow, Norse Mythology All assignments must be handed in by noted due date. Extensions must be requested before due date. Late assignments will be penalized.
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