APPLIES TO ACADEMIC YEAR 2012/2013
ELE 3741 Vikings Roots to a Feminine Society: Reflected in Norwegian Literature|
Responsible for the course
Roberta W Berg
Department of Communication - Culture and Languages
According to study plan
Language of instruction
In the international business community, being able to read people is at least as important as being able to read a spreadsheet or a budget. Just as education in finance and accounting is needed to achieve numeracy, education in how people relate to each other and what values motivate their actions is necessary to achieve literacy in human interaction - the foundation of good leadership. The study of a culture’s literature, learning to read between the lines, gives an almost first-hand experience of situations that allows us to come as close as possible to actually experiencing that culture's mores, business and otherwise. Norwegian literature presents us with a composite picture of this society's history, psychology, ethics, and sociology over time; reading Scandinavian leadership and management theory in conjunction with this literature sheds even more light on Norwegian values, management practices, leadership style, and gender roles. Using this combination of sources, the course will monitor the evolution of Norwegian values, from their Viking roots to the feminine society of 21st century Norway - and view these values from a managerial perspective. Being able to use a culture’s literature to gain in-depth understanding about that culture will make our students more well-rounded individuals, better able to learn about and thus do business not only in Norway, but also in other cultures they will encounter in their future careers.
After completed course students will be able to:
This course should whet our students’ appetites, inspiring them to turn to literature, Norwegian and other, as a source of intellectual and emotional challenge and enlightenment. Students should be able to reflect upon how powerful a mirror literature holds up to a society, and be motivated to apply their analytical skills to and learn from other literature, about other cultures.
The ability and desire to read – a lot.
Arnold, Martin. 2007. The Vikings: Wolves of War. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Chapter 1, pp. 15-31 From Odin to Christ
Asbjørnsen, Peter Christen and Jørgen Moe. Tr. Pat Shaw Iversen and Carl Norman. 1960. Norwegian Folk Tales. Dreyers Forlag. Selection of fairy tales, ca. 18 pages
Collett, Camilla. 1855. The District Governor's Daughters
Hofstede, Geert.. 1994. Cultures and Organizations: Intercultural Cooperation and Its Importance for Suirvival: Software of the Mind. McGraw-Hill International. Chap. 4 - "He, she, and (s)he
Kvideland, Reimund and Henning K. Sehmsdorf, eds.. Scandinavian Folk Belief and Legend. ca. 2 pages
Terry, Patricia. Tr.. 1969. Poems of the Vikings: Sayings of the High One. Bobbs-Merrill Educational Publishing. pp. 13-38
Trompenaars, Fons. 1996. Riding the Waves of Culture: Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business. Nicholas Brealey Publishing London. Chapters 4-8, 10-11
Undset, Sigrid ; translated from the Norwegian by C. Archer and J.S. Scott. Grosset & Dunlap. 1923. The wreath. The bridal wreath. (353 pages)
Undset, Sigrid. 1929. Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wreath
Bjerke, Bjørn.. 1999. " Scandinavian Culture" from Business Leadership and Culture.. Edgar Elgar: Cheltenham, UK. Chap. 8
Excerpts: The Burning of Njal
Ibsen, Henrik. 1855. Lady Inger of Ostrat. Penn State Electronic Classics Series Publication
Ibsen, Henrik. 1879. A Doll's House. Oxford University Press
Ibsen, Henrik. 1892. The Master Builder. Oxford University Press
Sandemose, Aksel. 1933. The Law of Jante
Schramm-Nielsen, J., P. Lawarence, K.H. Sivesind. 2004. "Chap. 1 Making the Case," and "Chap. 2 Context from Management in Scandinavia". Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. Chap. 1 - Chap. 2, pp. 1-49
Vik, Bjørg. 1974. Two Acts for Five Women
Øverland, Arnulf. 1937. Du må ikke sove
Ås, Berit. 1979. Master Suppression Techniques
Group Assignment #1: Due Week 5
Learning process and workload
Students will attend lectures and view selected films in connection with the reading list. They must have read the literature assignment before coming to class and be prepared to discuss it. Guest lecturers will bring added insight into these discussions. Students will work in groups to prepare 3 assignments which involve independent research on assigned present-day Norwegian businesspeople and politicians. They will be asked to present their research and then to write a "short story" centered on this character in which they bring the Norwegian values into play which have been identified in the course.
Recommended use of hours:
Final grade in the course will be based on the following activities and weighted as follows:
- Portfolio evaluation: accounts for 60 % of the grade in the course.
The portfolio shall consist of the three (3) obligatory group assignments. This part of the grade will be based upon the two best of the three.
- A three (3) hour individual written exam: accounts for 40 % of the grade in the course.
Both portfolio and individual exam must be passed to obtain final grade in the course.
ELE 37411 - Portfolio evaluation: accounts for 60% of the grade in the course.
ELE 37412 - Individual written exam: accounts for 40% of the grade in the course.
Examination support materials
No support materials permitted for the final examination.
A re-sit for the final examination is held at the next scheduled course. Students who have failed the group requirements will be able to re-take that activity either the following year (if still relevant) or by appointment with the course responsible.
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