1047.16 - Nordic Languages - Norwegian

Course number
Nordic Languages - Norwegian
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).
The purpose of this course is to place Norwegian 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 Norwegian language from around the year 1300 A.D. to the present day. The course will, in particular, focus on the development of Nynorsk and Bokmål and their position in Norwegian society.
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 Norwegian • analyse differences and similarities between Norwegian and Faroese, as well as between Nynorsk and Bokmål • discuss relevant issues and questions on a sound subject-specific basis, and also communicate their knowledge about Norwegian 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.
Marking scale
Students are examined on the course reading material or 50 pages.
Zakaris Svabo Hansen