1048.12 - Nordic Language - Icelandic

Course number
Nordic Language - Icelandic
An academically oriented upper secondary diploma with a good average mark in Faroese (i.e. at least 5.8 on the 7-step marking scale or 8 on the marking scale from 00 to 13).
Purpose: The purpose of this course is to place Icelandic language history in a broader Nordic context. The course is intended to complement the Language History course, in order for students to acquire basic knowledge of the development of the Icelandic language from around the year 1300 A.D. to the present day. Students are required to take two different Nordic language courses. The Department determines which languages are taught each semester. The Department will choose from the following languages: Danish, Norwegian (Nynorsk and Bokmål), Swedish and Icelandic.
Contents: Students examine a suitable selection of texts representing different periods, while discussing different theories and methods. The main emphasis is on language history, however, contemporary issues, such as dialects and sociolinguistics, may also be considered as part of the learning and teaching strategies.
Learning and teaching approaches
Learning and teaching approaches: This course is structured as an independent intensive course with a guest lecturer; it is therefore not possible to set an exact date for it. The duration of the course is 15 hours. The main learning and teaching strategies used are lectures, student presentations and group work.
Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes: Successful students can demonstrate ability to: • explain basic language history (to a lesser degree dialectal and sociolinguistic) phenomena in Icelandic • analyse differences and similarities between Icelandic and Faroese • discuss relevant issues and questions on a sound subject-specific basis, and also communicate their knowledge about Icelandic orally as well as in writing
Assessment method
Assessment method: Oral examination with thirty minutes’ preparation time at the end of the course. The permitted study aids are: assigned course texts and dictionaries. The guest lecturer or faculty member assigned as the contact person for the course will examine the student. Students who attend at least 80% of the course sessions and participate actively will be exempted from examination.
Marking scale
Bibliography: Students are examined on the course reading material or 50 pages.
Zakaris Svabo Hansen