Norwegian Courses- Spring 2019

Courses in Norwegian

NORW 112: Beginning Norwegian I

Norwegian 112 is the continuation of the introductory Norwegian sequence and emphasizes three main areas: 1) learning Norwegian vocabulary, structures and functions; 2) using the four skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening; and 3) exploring Norwegian and American cultures as well as culture in general.

Prerequisite: NORW 111 or equivalent
Instructors: Christine Haerter Piñero and Jenna Coughlin


NORW 232: Intermediate Norwegian II

Norsk 232 er et kurs i norsk på mellomnivå, og dette semesteret tar vi opp emner som norsk identitet, historie, Norge i verden og litteratur og medier.  Dessuten skal vi lese romanen Naiv.Super. av Erlend Loe.  Vi studerer Norges moderne kultur ved å diskutere et variert utvalg av norske artikler og filmer.  

Prerequisite: NORW 231 or equivalent
Instructor: Christine Haerter Piñero
Counts toward Norwegian major and Nordic Studies concentration


NORW 372: «Det norske» før og nå

Ulike forestillinger om «det norske» ble skapt på 1800-tallet og ble grunnlaget for den norske nasjonsbyggingen.  De norske nasjonsbyggerne mente at en nasjon bør dannes på bakgrunn av at et folk har et felles språk, en felles historie, og felles kultur og verdier – altså et kulturelt fellesskap eller folkeånd. Hvordan ble forestillinger om Norge og «det norske» skapt på 1800-tallet? Og hvordan preger disse forestillingene Norge i dag?

Debatten på det som kjennetegner norsk kultur har pågått i mange år. Hva vil det egentlig si å være norsk i dag? Hvorfor er det så mye fokus i dagens samfunn på det som regnes som «typisk norsk»? Hva skal til for å kalle seg nordmann? Pensumet inkluderer noveller, artikler, forskningsstudier, kronikker, debattinnlegg og dokufilmer som belyser ulike sider av utviklingen og endringene i norsk kultur.

Prerequisite: NORW 253 or equivalent
Professor: Kari Lie Dorer
Counts toward Norwegian major and Nordic Studies concentration


Courses in English

NORW 224: Rewriting Nordic Identities

In recent decades the Nordic countries have been transformed from homogenous nation-states to increasingly plural societies in terms of religion, culture and ethnicity. Immigration from various parts of the world has given the Nordic region a newfound cosmopolitanism, and the response has been both positive and negative. In this course we take a close look at the immigrant experience as presented in both film and literature. We will examine how immigrants negotiate between their past experiences and new homes, and how that in turn challenges conventional ideas about Nordic identities. We will also take a look back at the great emigration in the late 19th century as many Scandinavians made their new homes in Minnesota among other places. In addition to films and novels, class material will include scholarship on world cinema, multicultural literature, immigration, exile, travel and translation.

Professor: David Natvig
Counts toward Norwegian major and Nordic Studies concentration


NORW 224A: Nordic Nature*

The Scandinavian countries are known for their distinctive nature, from the geysers and glaciers of Iceland to the fjords of Norway to the vast forests of Sweden and Finland. While natural features may seem to provide static background for culture, understandings of nature have in fact shifted over time in accordance with human concerns. This course examines the representation of nature and the environment in the Scandinavian context from the creation narratives of Norse myth through the project of 19th century nation-building and up to present concerns about climate change and environmental destruction. Students will encounter central works that have produced and contested notions of nature. Alongside these, they will be introduced to ecocriticism as method of textual analysis. This will provide an entryway into the environmental humanities, while also providing an opportunity to explore what makes Scandinavian literature and culture unique.

Professor: Jenna Coughlin
Counts toward Norwegian major, Nordic Studies concentration, Environmental Studies major, Environmental Studies concentration

*This course has an optional Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum (FLAC) component: NORW 224F. Students who wish to take NORW 224 A, “Nordic Nature,” while also improving their Norwegian language skills can sign up for this FLAC section. Students will read additional short texts and watch film and media clips that correspond to the weekly themes on the English-language syllabus. They will also participate in an additional discussion section taught in Norwegian that will be held for one hour per week and submit some assignments in Norwegian.


NORW 244: The Sámi: Traditions in Transition

This interdisciplinary course explores the Sámi, an indigenous people living mainly in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. Students first place the Sámi in a historical-cultural context by examining the Sámi’s social and economic systems, religion, customs, and values. The major portion of the course examines the Sámi primarily from within: the Sámi will present themselves through their literature, film, music, and art.

Professor: Kari Lie Dorer
Counts toward Norwegian major, Nordic Studies concentration, Russian Area Studies, Film Studies, Linguistics studies, RACE, Women’s and Gender Studies


NORW 260: Introduction to Germanic Linguistics

Introduction to Germanic Linguistics explores the linguistic and social processes that underlie language change with a focus on the Germanic language family. You will learn the fundamental methods of comparative historical linguistics and analyze the development of modern Germanic languages (e.g., English, German, Norwegian, etc.) from a common ancestor. These processes concern how language operates as a cognitive system, as well as core social factors that impact language practices.

Professor: David Natvig
Counts toward Norwegian major, Nordic Studies concentration, German major, Germanic Studies concentration, Linguistics studies