HDCB01151U DCC Nordic Mythology

Volume 2024/2025

Nordic Mythology is a course in English for international students.
It is a course within the science of religion, and it deals with the religion in Denmark before the introduction of Christianity. In the course, we will read poems concerning pre-Christian deities from Iceland as well as the medieval Icelandic writer Snorri, which makes it possible to get a glimpse of the mythology of the Scandinavians before Christianity.
The gods Odin, Thor, Vanir, Loki and Balder will be accentuated. We will also go beyond mythology and try to get an idea about the religious rituals and the religious experts of the Norsemen.

The course includes an excursion to Lejre, Trelleborg and Roskilde and an excursion to Scania in Sweden, where we will visit a couple of burial places in the shape of a ship and also some well-preserved runic stones.


Students will get an introductory understanding of ancient Nordic religion, mythology, its sources as well as the archeological remains of it.



Name of Exam: HDCB01151E Early Danish History and Religion

Readings will be available online through Absalon.

The course is only offered to exchange and fee-paying guest students at the University of Copenhagen.
Lectures, class teaching and excursions.
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Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
Written take-home assigment, optional subject, following active class participation. 11-15 standard pages.

The active class participation consists of an approved synopsis of 2-3 standard pages.

Retake in case of non-approved active class participation consists of a written take-home assignment with and optional subject, 16-20 pages.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

For students with an approved synopsis the retake consists of a free written take-home assignment of 11-15 pages.


For students without an approved synopsis the retake consists of a free written take-home assignment of 16-20 pages.