Old Icelandic

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 5NS115

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Swedish G2F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 11 October 2022
Responsible department
Department of Scandinavian Languages

General provisions

The course is a freestanding course.

Entry requirements

22.5 credits in a language subject

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, the student should:

  • be able to describe the fundamental aspects of Old Icelandic's structure and the relationship between Old Icelandic and the earlier stages of the Scandinavian languages
  • be able to account for typical traits of the Icelandic sagas and Edda poems
  • be able to demonstrate that they can read and translate old Icelandic texts


This course provides basic knowledge about the Old Icelandic language - including vis-à-vis the earlier history of the Scandinavian languages - as well as the saga and eddic poetry genres.


Lectures, lessons, seminars and group exercises. There may be mandatory elements and written assignments.


Students are assessed on the basis of a final written and/or oral test and/or on the basis of continuous assessment during the course.

Under special circumstances, an examiner may make exceptions to the indicated method of assessment and allow a student to be assessed by another method. A certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator, for example, may justify an alternative method of assessment.

Students who fail a regular examination will be offered a make-up examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination. Students who fail a certain examination twice may apply to the head of the department for permission to change examiners or form of examination.

Grading scale: Pass with distinction, Pass or Fail.

Other directives

If taken as a freestanding course, the course cannot be counted towards a degree if components of the course have already been taken as part of another course in the degree programme.