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SCAN2401 - Viking-age Scandinavia
Value: 1.0 course unit
Tutor: Dr Haki Antonsson
Teaching structure: The module will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars.
Assessment: one unseen three-hour written examination (50%); and two 2,500 word essays (50%).
The module will examine
society and culture in Scandinavia in the
period ca. 800-1100. Geographically the module will encompass Sweden, Denmark Norway, and the Norse colonies
in the North Atlantic (the Faroes, Iceland,
and Greenland). In the case of Iceland
the time-span will extend to the end of the Commonwealth period (ca.
1262). The principal themes that the module will cover include: the causes of the Viking Age; the development and
emergence of the three Scandinavian kingdoms; the nature of the pre-Christian
religion; the conversion to Christianity; the development of Church
organisation; relation with Europe, in particular the Insular world and the
beginning of written culture. Particular emphasis will be placed on presenting
and analysing the various source-categories relevant to Viking-Age Scandinavia.
These include, for example, runic inscriptions, place-names, archaeological
evidence and saga literature.