1048.16 - Nordic Languages - Icelandic

Course number
Nordic Languages - Icelandic
An academically oried upper secondary diloma with a good average mark in Faroese (i.e. at least 5.8 on the 7-step marking scale o 8 on the marking scale from 00 to 13)
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 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
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
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
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. Reexamination: Same method as the regular examination. Students who take a Nordic summer course abroad (Nordkurs), may request an exemption from the two required Nordic language courses at the Department through a credit transfer.
Marking scale
Students are examined on the course reading material or 50 pages.