Swedish Language and Culture | Section 3
|Semester & Location:||
Spring 2020 - DIS Stockholm
|Type & Credits:||
Elective Course - 3 credits
|Assistant Program Director:||
Sanne Rasmussen - email@example.com
|Time & Place:||
Tuesdays 13.15-14.35 & Fridays 13.15-14.35, 1D-409
Description of Course
This course is an integrated language and culture course. We will study different aspects of Swedish culture and we will operate with a complex view on culture through various representations. The focus will be on dominant national narratives, values, and symbolism, which we will approach from both a historical and contemporary perspective.
When studying Swedish language, we will employ a functional approach. The course will focus on spoken everyday Swedish, reading comprehension and basic grammar.
The course will explore how culture is reflected in language. By analyzing keywords and concepts and applying appropriate etiquette, you will learn how to navigate a foreign culture.
An important component of the course will be your own observations and critical analysis.
- Acquire a higher level of cultural awareness
Acquire knowledge and overall understanding of Swedish history, culture and society
Be able to speak, read and understand Swedish on a basic level
Get an understanding of the connection between language and culture
Your instructor is Magister Elisabeth Herron, Mag.Phil. University of Vienna 1985 – literature, history, psychology and pedagogics. University of Uppsala 1985 – 1986 – Scandinavian literature with focus on women in literature from the Vikings until modern times. Founder and Owner of Deutsch Exzellent ( 1990) – a language company specialising in language and culture courses for businesspeople, diplomats and their families moving to and from Sweden.
DIS SVENSKA I
Booth, Michael, Chapter 1 Sweden, The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Vintage, 2015, p. 293-299
Brodin, Björn and Pikkarainen, Heidi. Discrimination of the Sami – the rights of the Sami from a discrimination perspective, 2008 (online publication) Retrieved from: https://www.do.se/contentassets/5ad9f5ea04bf4aedb943cf84e1562240/rapport-discrimination-sami.pdf
Carr Werner, Lisa and Robinowitz Christina Johansson, Chapter 5 The Individual and The Group: Self Sufficiency and Solidarity, Modern-Day Vikings - a Practical Guide to Interacting with Swedes, Intercultural Press, 2001, p. 57-70
Carr Werner, Lisa and Robinowitz Christina Johansson, Chapter 7 Jantelagen: Who Do You Think You Are?, Modern-Day Vikings - a Practical Guide to Interacting with Swedes, Intercultural Press, 2001, p. 81-95
Daun, Åke, Independence, Swedish Mentality, Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996, p. 56-69
Everdahl, Göran, The History of The Land of Lagom, The Swedish way of Lagom, Norstedts, 2018 p. 15-25.
Hofstede, Gert (2011), Dimensionalizing Cultures: The Hofstede Model in Context. (online publication) Retrieved from: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/orpc/vol2/iss1/8/
Friedman Ekholm Kajsa, From nation state to multiculturalism: on change in Sweden at the turn of the Millenium, The Swedish Success Story, Preses Nams, 2004, p. 227-240.
Hebblethwaite Cordelia, “Sweden's 'gender-neutral' pre-school”, BBC News, July 8th 2011
Johansson, Rune, The Construction of Swedishness, The Swedish Success Story, Preses Nams, 2004, p. 109-120
Kramsch, Claire, The Relationship of Language and Culture, Language and Culture, Oxford University Press, 1998
Schöplin, Gerhard, The Functions of Myths and a Taxonomy of Myths, Myths and Nationhood, Routledge, 1997, p. 19-35
Swahn Jan Öjvin, Svenska traditioner (excerpts), Ordaförlaget, 2014
Tagliabue John, “Swedish School’s Big Lesson Begins With Dropping Personal Pronouns”, New York Times, November 13th, 2012
Woolridge, Adrian “The Next Supermodel”, The Economist, February 2nd 2011
Course Intranet (Canvas)
Your readings – both when, what, and where; all assignment instructions, handouts etc.; as well as reading guides, are to be found in the course overview/the overview over lessons.
Rubrics for Final Exams and for Cultural Assignments plus audio files to the book and all worksheets are to be found under "Swedish Language Resources". Please note that you need to click further on "modules" to reach this material.
Continue learning outside the classroom
While living and studying in Sweden, you can immerse yourself in the culture in a variety of ways. Try these:
Watch Swedish movies with English subtitles
Watch American sitcoms with Swedish subtitles
Turn off your iPod on trains and busses and LISTEN to what is being said around you
Watch the news in Swedish
Make a daily habit of reading and translating the headlines of the newspapers
Observe advertising in Swedish as you see it when moving around in the city… etc. etc.
The class encompasses two mandatory field studies, as well as now optional cultural excursions. The purpose of the field studies and excursions is to use Stockholm’s cultural resources as our extended DIS classroom. Material covered during the field studies will be included in assignments and the final exam. Missing a Field Study will impact your participation grade.
- Wednesday January 22th: A Guided Tour at The Royal Castle. Focus: Power and Presentations of Power. The Journey from a Power State with a Dictatorship to a Modern Democratic Constitutional Monarchy
- Wednesday March 25th, TBA
Approach to Teaching
Expectations of the Students
The teaching style of this class is interactive. You are expected to actively participate in class discussion, to have done the readings and other homework, and come to class with notes, questions and relevent observations.
Learning a language is hard word and requires a lot of commitment. The ambition is to create a classroom culture in which everyone feels at ease trying to pronounce the unfamiliar Swedish sounds and words.
Engaged participation is an integrated part of the class and will be a large part of the course evaluation. Participating in class discussion requires a high level of preparation and a voluntary contribution of knowledge and ideas. In addition, when speaking Swedish or discussing the connection between language and culture it is important to meet the level of preparation required to be an active participant.
How to get a good grade:
Get involved! Use your Swedish, meaning the language as well as your historical and cultural knowledge outside the classroom - the more the better. The more you know the more you see and experience.
Use the knowledge and insight obtained in class through readings, lectures and discussions to enrich your study abroad experience and to start fun, thought-provoking and interesting discussions with Danes.
Get organized! Notice all due dates assignment, set aside time to prepare for tests, papers etc., especially at the end of the semester.
Prepare for class! Studying a language is like taking care of a new and vulnerable plant, it needs constant attention, water and sunshine in order to grow.
Participate! Practice your language in a “safe” environment and get relevant feedback, this is essential in improving. Sharing your thoughts and ideas in class is one of the best tools for developing your analytical skills.
Engaged participation (20%)
You are expected to be well-prepared for class and to be very engaged in the classrooms discussions and exercises, both in regard to language and culture. Also, you are expected to actively particapte actively on all four field studies during the semester. Further detailed guideline will be provided in class.
Cultural assigments (40%)
You are expected to write two academic papers of 1500 words each in regard to culture. The topics for this cultural essay is related to the last topics dealt with in regard to culture. Further detailed guidelines will be provided in class and here in Canvas.
You are expected to write a Final Written Exam ad a Final Oral Exam in Swedish language. This Final written exam will test your language skills gained from the whole semester but with emphasis on the last 2 chapters dealt with in class. Further detailed guideline will be provided in class.
As a part of the Finals, you are also expected to complete an oral Final exam in Swedish language. This Final oral exam will test your language skills gained from the whole semester but with emphasis on the last 2 chapters dealt with in class. Further detailed guideline will be provided in class.
Policy on papers: Formal guidelines, late papers
Minimum use of two class texts/sources to which there are clear references.
Minimum use of two relevant texts chosen by student.
1200-1500 words (300 words pr. page = 4-5 pages)
Font and font size: Arial, 12
Line spacing: 1, 5
Name, Class Section number and teacher´s name in the left upper corner.
Please note that the grade deduction for late papers is a letter grade for each day the assignment is late.
Policy on classroom etiquette: Laptops and cellphones in class
Laptops/Tablets/iPads are not allowed to be open in the classroom unless agreed upon for specified tasks, notes on paper are much less disruptive. Cellphones should be on mute and are not to be used in the classroom.
Please make sure to read the Academic Regulations on the DIS website. There you will find regulations on:
DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia - www.DISabroad.org
The syllabus page shows a table-oriented view of the course schedule, and the basics of course grading. You can add any other comments, notes, or thoughts you have about the course structure, course policies or anything else.
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