The Scandinavian Studies program at Augustana College seeks to educate its students in the language, culture, literature, and history of the Scandinavian countries.
From the very beginning, our courses teach language and culture in tandem, with the goal of helping students develop intercultural understanding and communication skills. Intermediate Swedish language courses are organized around themes and provide students with opportunities to expand their language skills and their understanding of Scandinavian culture at the same time. Swedish language courses are complemented by more in-depth culture classes taught in English that are part of the college's liberal arts core and also fulfill requirements for the Scandinavian Studies major and minor.
The Scandinavian Studies program strives to help its students feel at home in Scandinavia by offering classes on a wide variety of cultural topics and by fostering inter-cultural understanding. Classes are small, and the experienced faculty members are eager to share with their students their love of the Swedish language, of the countries where it is spoken, and of these countries' rich history and culture.
Course offerings beginning in Fall 2013
101-3: Elementary Swedish
210: Holidays, Seasons, Celebrations (taught in Swedish)
211: From Folk Music to Pop Music (taught in Swedish)
212: Swedish Children's Literature (taught in Swedish)
310: Geography and Tourism (taught in Swedish)
311: Swedes and the Environment (taught in Swedish)
312: Topics in Swedish History and Politics (taught in Swedish)
216: Scandinavian Crime Fiction (taught in English)
220: Germanic Folklore, Legends and Fairy Tales (taught in English)
230: Vikings, Virgins and Vampires: Introduction to Scandinavian Culture (taught in English)
241: Scandinavian Film (taught in English)
2xx: The European Union (taught in English)
315: Class, Gender and Sexuality in Naturalist Literature (taught in English)
320: Diversity in Northern Europe (taught in English)
330: Scandinavian Modern: Art, Architecture and IKEA (taught in English)
340: Social Democracy and the Welfare State (taught in English)
351: Swedish Immigration to the U.S. (taught in English)