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German, Scandinavian Studies, and Slavic Languages Courses

The Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic offers a range of courses. We teach more than a dozens languages, including Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Icelandic, Kazakh, Norwegian, Old Norse, Polish, Russian, Sami, Serbo-Croatian, Swedish, Turkish, and Yiddish. Our courses explore cultures and literature from across the globe, from Iceland to Germany to Russia to Turkey. Study with GNS and see the world.

Questions regarding Undergraduate Courses can be directed to Nicole Senter.

Questions regarding Graduate Courses can be directed to Mark Mears.

For course descriptions from current and previous semesters, please see our archive.

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Spring 2019 GNS Courses

For the most up-to-date listings of courses offered by German, Nordic, and Slavic please see the Course Guide under the subject headings GERMAN, SCAND ST, SLAVIC, and LITTRANS (Literature in Translation), and for Turkish and Kazakh courses see LCA LANG listings.

In the fall, GNS will offer introductory (first semester) courses in the following languages: Czech, Danish, Finnish, German, Modern Icelandic, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish. We will offer intermediate and advanced courses in these and other languages, including Polish and Serbo-Croatian.

German, Nordic, and Slavic Course Descriptions for Spring 2019:

German course descriptions

Scandinavian Studies course descriptions

Slavic course descriptions

GNS course descriptions

Descriptions for GNS courses taught in Literature in Translation

Please contact our Undergraduate Coordinator (sutton4@wisc.edu) for more information.

For course descriptions from current and previous semesters, please see our archive.

Summer 2019 GNS Courses

GNS offers a range of exciting courses this summer, offered both online and on campus. See descriptions below.

GERMAN/JEWISH 267 – Yiddish Song & the Jewish Experience

SCAND ST 101/404-001 – First Semester Norwegian (404 for graduate students only)

SCAND ST 102/404-002 – Second Semester Norwegian (404 for graduate students only)

SCAND ST/MEDIEVAL 430 – The Vikings

SLAVIC 101 and SLAVIC 102 – First Year Russian

SLAVIC 117 and SLAVIC 118 – Second Year Russian

For the most up-to-date listings see the Course Guide.

Please email our Undergraduate Coordinator (undergrad@gns.wisc.edu) if you have any questions about enrolling.

Information about Enrolling in Intensive Russian Language
For the summer 2019, the Slavic program will offer two sets of intensive Russian language classes for first year Russian and second year Russian. The accelerated program condenses one year of Russian study into an eight-week summer session. Students must enroll in the courses in pairs:

First Year Russian: SLAVIC 101 and SLAVIC 102
Second Year Russian: SLAVIC 117 and SLAVIC 118

UW-Madison students may enroll in these courses following normal procedures and do not need prior approval.

 

Course Descriptions

GERMAN 267 Yiddish Song and the Jewish Experience

Online; June 17 – August 11, 2019

Explores Yiddish song as an expression of the modern Jewish experience from Eastern Europe to the US. Covers folk song, popular and art music. Music and readings together provide an analytical framework to examine cultural and historical issues


SCAND ST 101/404-001 First Semester Norwegian

(404 for graduate students only)

Online; June 17 – July 14, 2019

Norwegian 101 is a first semester language course that presumes no knowledge of the Norwegian language. It is open to freshman. The course develops basic skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Norwegian. We offer a thematic, communicative approach to language teaching that strives to put language in the context of culture. Classroom time focuses on communication and listening, as well as introducing basic grammatical concepts. Homework centers on reinforcing vocabulary, reading, grammar exercises and writing. Thematic units covered in Norwegian 101 include social introductions, education, food, daily-life, leisure activities, weather and seasons.


SCAND ST 102/404-002 Second Semester Norwegian

(404 for graduate students only)

Online; July 15 – August 11, 2019

This course continues to build basic skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Norwegian. We offer a thematic, communicative approach to language teaching that strives to put language in the context of culture. Class time focuses on communication and listening, as well as introducing basic grammatical concepts. Homework centers on reinforcing vocabulary, reading, grammar exercises and writing. Thematic units covered in Norwegian 102 include clothing, family and relationships, appearance and personality, celebrations, hometowns and housing, work and economy.


SCAND ST 430 The Vikings

Online; June 17 – July 14, 2019

This course approaches the Vikings along historical lines, and its backbone is texts from medieval sources. The legendary history of early Scandinavia, the consolidation of the Scandinavian kingdoms, developments both at home and abroad during the great period of Viking expansion, finally the conversion of Scandinavia to Christianity (which wrote finis to the Viking adventure) –these are the historical subjects discussed. Within this historical framework, a good deal of attention is devoted to the pre-Christian religion of early medieval Scandinavia, to its system of writing (the celebrated runes) and its literature (including the mythological and heroic poetry of the Edda, the court poems of the skalds, and the Icelandic sagas), to Viking art and archaeology. As we learn about the medieval Scandinavians we gain a greater understanding of ourselves and the human condition.


SLAVIC 101 and 102 Intensive First Year Russian

M-F; June 17 – August 11, 2019

Welcome to First Year Russian! In this course you will learn how to: read, write and pronounce the letters and sounds of the Russian alphabet; become acquainted with speakers of Russian in informal and formal settings; request and receive information; make simple statements, ask and answer yes/no questions; say goodbye; say where someone lives; exchange telephone numbers; ask to whom something belongs; link topics of conversation; express dismay and delight; express judgment and emotion, including strong feelings and opinions; express indirect questions; talk about sports, professions and music; express possession, location, and permission; give commands; talk about academic matters (university life and studies); express that you can or want to do something; talk about likes and dislikes, liking and loving someone or something; talk about past and future events; use some time expressions; recount what someone else has said; make inquiries and requests; express location; express going places; say when something happened; say that someone is glad or ready; express arrival or departure; describe prices and quantities; express possession; explain where someone is from; express needs and obligations; discuss theater, film, the weather, travel; make comparisons; express frequency; discuss learning and teaching; discuss what you want to be or become; single out a person or thing from a group; express absence; express need, permission, possibility, prohibition, shame, boredom and other states; describe people and things; talk about eating (always important!); make indirect requests; tell time; emphasize things; describe temporary states; ask for suggestions and advice; describe your interests; talk about summer plans; talk about dining out; AND MORE


SLAVIC 117 and 118 Intensive Second Year Russian

M-F; June 17 – August 11, 2019

Welcome to Intensive Second Year Russian! After completing this course, you will be able to: talk about yourself, your interests, and people you know; discuss university life, dining, theater, music and ballet; express opinions and preferences, convey surprise, regret, doubt and consolation; format letters and emails, find useful information on the Internet, use proper phone etiquette; make plans for travel and tourism; ask for, give and receive directions; recall important Russian cultural figures and read excerpts from famous works of literature; write and edit short written compositions on a variety of topics; deliver 3-5 minute presentations on topics of interest; and much more!


LIT-TRANS Vampire in Literature and Film

Online; July 15 – August 11, 2019

This course examines the fantastic, marvelous and uncanny literary works from a comparative perspective,
especially by connecting them to Slavic mythological and religious beliefs. Students will read texts from
Russian (Puškin, Gogol, Bulgakov, Zamyatin), Polish (Potocki, Schultz, Lem), Czech (Čapek) and South
Slavic literatures (Pavić, Kiš, Živković). Theoretical readings will include works by the naturalized Bulgarian
theoretician of the fantastic, Tzvetan Todorov, as well as his critics. We will discuss the development of the
fantastic genre through the epochs of Romanticism, Modernism and Postmodernism, placing emphasis on
the close reading of literary texts and their relationship to the broader cultural heritage of diverse Slavic
cultures.

Fall 2018 GNS Courses

For the most up-to-date listings of courses offered by German, Nordic, and Slavic please see the Course Guide under the subject headings GERMAN, SCAND ST, SLAVIC, and LITTRANS (Literature in Translation), and for Turkish and Kazakh courses see LCA LANG listings.

In the fall, GNS will offer introductory (first semester) courses in the following languages: Czech, Danish, Finnish, German, Modern Icelandic, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish. We will offer intermediate and advanced courses in these and other languages, including Polish and Serbo-Croatian.

German, Nordic, and Slavic Course Descriptions for Fall 2018:

German course descriptions

Scandinavian Studies course descriptions

Slavic course descriptions

Descriptions for GNS courses taught in Literature in Translation and LCA Language

Please contact our Undergraduate Coordinator (sutten4@wisc.edu) for more information.

For course descriptions from current and previous semesters, please see our archive.

Students seeking to enroll in Directed Study courses for German, Scandinavian Studies, Slavic, or GNS must complete a Directed Study Form. Students should complete the form in conversation with the instructor with whom they plan to take the course. In most cases, students will not be authorized to enroll in a Directed Study courses until they have completed and submitted the form to our Undergraduate Coordinator.