Icelandic Society, History and Culture

The aim of this course is to give students insight into Icelandic culture and history, from the settlement of Iceland to present times. During the course visits will be paid to some of the cultural institutions of Akureyri and surroundings.

The course focuses on the development of Icelandic society, culture and history from the settlement of Iceland to present times. An emphasis will be laid on the Commonwealth era, the struggle for independence, and the making of modern Iceland. The development of Icelandic literature will be explored, especially medieval and modern literary texts. Icelandic films will be discussed and analyzed as well. In addition, visits will be paid to cultural institutions of Akureyri and surrounding areas. 

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge:Upon the completion of the course the student should:

  • have acquired an overview of the historical development of Iceland
  • understand the role of literature in Icelandic society
  • have acquired a profound understanding of a few key literary works, especially medieval and modern ones

Skill: Upon the completion of the course the student should:

  • be able to connect the development in Iceland to historical and cultural processes in the western world  

Competence: Upon the completion of the course the student should:

  • show independent study skills that are necessary for further study Icelandic society, culture and history

Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor
CountryIceland
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity of Akureyri
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits6.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyBasic/broad, general programmes
Teaching place
Tagscultureicelandhistory
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