SCANDINAVIAN 100A: Intermediate Scandinavian Languages

W 11-12 , Remote. Instructor: Karen Møller

Units: 4

Instructional Method, as of July 22, 2020:
This class will be taught remotely, per the July 21 campus announcement.

Scandinavian 100A is a cross campus listed on-line course.

UC Berkeley students start the course on 8/26 and on 9/28 the course is open for students from other UC campuses as they start their Fall Quarter. UCB students will participate in this class in the classroom, enrolled students from other campuses via Zoom, a conferencing / distance teaching platform. Contact instructor for more information:

STUDENTS ENROLL IN A COMMON LECTURE ON WEDNESDAYS 11-12 + A DISCUSSION SECTION FOR THEIR TARGET LANGUAGE. Students should enroll in the relevant target language section as follows:

Section 101 = Danish (TuTh 11-12)

Section 102 = Norwegian (Tu & 12-1)

Section 103 = Swedish (TuTh 12-1)

Please note: Students must register in the 100A lecture and in addition in the relevant section they will attend. The course is complete with the language and the lecture sections – you must enroll in both parts in order to fully enroll in the course. If you experience a scheduling problem it is essential that you consult the language coordinator.

Section Times: Meeting times for discussion sections might on occasion be changed according to the schedules of the students enrolled, and can therefore vary from the times listed in the online Schedule of Classes. Students should attend the first day of class for more information on possible rescheduling.


Language sections: 101 Puls 3, 102 Sett i gang 2, 103 Rivstart B1+B2

Lecture/Culture section: Reader on bCourses


Students of Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish enrolling in Scandinavian 100A will meet together for one hour of lecture per week (W 11-12) to read and interpret literary and nonliterary texts about inter-Scandinavian communication, linguistics, and language history. In addition to this one-hour combined lecture, students will meet two additional hours per week (in discussion sections with a language instructor) to be instructed in their particular target languages.

In the language specific discussion sections students will continue to develop their basic communicative competence in all four foreign language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) within a cultural context in their own target language (Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish). Through the weekly Wed lecture they will gain a deeper understanding of the other Scandinavian languages through tasks and readings. Students will NOT be asked to learn to speak the other two Scandinavian languages, but to learn about them.


Scandinavian 100A is open to students who have taken Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish 1A-1B with a passing grade. A placement test is mandatory for other students who have had 90 hours of in-class instruction (reached the Novice High/Intermediate Low proficiency level) in any of the three Scandinavian languages and with a passing grade. The placement test must be taken prior to or within the first week of instruction. Contact the language coordinator, Karen Moller, to schedule a placement test.

Native, Near-Native, Heritage Speakers: The specific language sections are only open to learners of the specific Scandinavian language of instruction in the section. The course is not open to native, near-native, or heritage speakers of any Nordic language without prior consent from the language coordinator. The course cannot be repeated without prior consent from the language coordinator.

Workload for the combined lecture (e.g. 1/3 of the total grade for Scandinavian 100A). Two hours of work outside class a week. Weekly task based homework.

Workload for the discussion section (e.g. 2/3 of the total grade for Scandinavian 100A): An average of three hours of work outside class per week. The structure of supplemental language sections depends on the language instructor, but usually includes weekly written assignments, oral presentations, an oral and written midterm and final exam.

Prerequisites:  Completion of Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish 1A-1B with a passing grade or consent by instructor (via placement test) for similar proficiency acquired elsewhere.

If you are not a currently registered student, you may be able to enroll via Concurrent Enrollment, UC Berkeley Extension. Please note that the Concurrent Enrollment application must be approved by the department. Approval is based on availability of space in the class; enrolled UC students on a waitlist have priority.