Norwegian Courses Fall 2023
Norwegian 111: Beginning Norwegian I
Section A – Prof. Tanya Thresher, MWF 8:00-8:55
Section B – Prof. Tanya Thresher, MWF 9:05-10:00
Section C – Prof. Andrew Meyer, MWF 10:45-11:40
Proficiency in a second language opens the door to another culture and another way of viewing the world. This course starts students on the road to achieving such a proficiency. Students begin learning to speak, understand, read, and write Norwegian and learn about Norwegian culture through the language. Offered annually in the fall semester.
Norwegian 231: Intermediate Norwegian I
GE: FOL-N; Core: WLC
Section A – Prof. Jenna Coughlin, MWF 9:05-10:00
Section B – Prof. Andrew Meyer, MWF 10:45-11:40
Students improve proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with an emphasis on communication as well as improved grammatical accuracy. Reading and discussion of authentic literary and cultural texts allow students to expand their vocabulary and knowledge of the Norwegian way of life. Offered annually in the fall semester.
Prerequisite: NORW 112 or by placement test.
Norwegian 253: Social Debates in Historical Contexts
GE: FOL-N, ORC; Core: GHS, WLC
Prof. Jenna Coughlin, MWF 12:55-1:50
In this course students work to develop competence in Norwegian culture, history and society through a survey of the state and politics and the Norwegian population. Through these topics, students learn about important moments in Norwegian history. They explore some of the most important debates that are taking place in Norway now, and learn to formulate themselves in several oral and written contexts, including informative presentations and discussion and argumentative texts.
Prerequisite: NORW 232 or by placement test.
Norwegian 282: The Drama of Henrik Ibsen
GE: EIN, WRI; CORE: ERC, WAC
Prof. Tanya Thresher, MWF 12:55-1:50
Students analyze the plays of Henrik Ibsen in English translation using a variety of critical approaches. Students investigate ethical issues and themes in Ibsen’s plays by examining the plays through the lens of ethics, using readings in ethical theory to better understand both the ethical issues and the plays themselves. Students also study Ibsen’s dramatic technique and the historical and literary context of his work. Taught in English. Offered annually. Also counts toward gender and sexuality studies major and concentration.
History 188: Making Scandinavia
GE: HWC; Core: GHS
Prof. Kari Dorer, T 9:35-11:00 / Th 9:30-10:50
This course will examine historic minority populations and their encounters within the nation-building efforts of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. The course seeks to answer how the Nordic nation-states pursued the diaspora with an emphasis in what is considered the Nordic region today, and interactions with neighboring Russia up until World War II. With the historical political environment as our entry point, we will also examine social history–how communities lived and interacted, the beliefs and values they held, and how events in the world around them influenced their daily lives in both the short and long term.