Students in the field of social studies need to conclude 5 courses in Icelandic (at the second and the third level) but students in the field of natural sciences need to conclude 4 courses.
ÍSLE2LR05(ms) - Icelandic reading and writing
Reading, writing and elocution are is the main emphasis in this beginner's course. Emphasis is placed on the reading of varied texts, the structure of various kinds of writing and the finishing of them, and oral presentation Students become familiiar with the history of the language, e.g. read one modern novel and receive training in the use of literary terms. Emphasis is placed on strudents aquiring a certain skill in reading comprehension and spelling. Students also receive training in various forms of written compositions, a research essay along with the handling and registration of sources, and creative writing.
Prerequisite: The grade B or higher at the end of primary school or have finished ÍSLE1GR05.
ÍSLE2FB05(ms) - Early Icelandic Literature
Students read carefully old Icelandic texts, both in verse and prose. They gain insight into Norse ideological world and mythology through early Icelandic literature, Snorra-Edda and the eddaic poems. Students also become familiar with theoretical discussion about early Icelandic literature and are trained in creating a research essay and creative projects.
ÍSLE3HB05(ms) - Key works in Icelandic literature
In this course students become familiar with key works in Icelandic literature from 1550-2000 with main emphasis on the 20th century. Selected works of fiction will be read. Students receive training in analysis of poetry and prose and read one extensive novel. Students also receive training in writing where emphasis is placed on their argued and critical stance towards the subject.
Prerequisite: ÍSLE2FB05 or a comparable course
ÍSLE3SB05(ms) - Contemporary literature
Students become familiar with various kinds of literature in the 21st century and place them in context with dominating movements in literary history. The main branches of literature will be studied, i.e. plays, poetry and stories, by both experienced and new writers. Popular innovations of popular culture will studied to some extent, e.g. chic-lit, vampire stories, thrillers and comics. Other manifestations of literature, such as fine arts, music and film, are also put to light.
ÍSLE3MS05(ms) - Language and society
Students study carefully various forms of usage and language technology, e.g. on the world wide web and in (other) mass media. Various laguage styles are studied, e.g. gender and age related, and translations. Language in electronic form will be especially studied, as well as slang and neologism, and the effect of popular culture on the language, as well as marketing. Students receive training in research methods and report making. It will be endeavoured to make students aware of their own and others' language usage and assist them in acquiring critical thinking.
ÍSLE3TS05(ms) - Expression and communication
Students receive training in oral and written expression. Insight will be provided into the world of story-telling, in ancient times and new, including folk tales of modern times and former times. Emphasis will be placed on the connection between language and different communication methods, conversation technique, discussions and active listening as well as critical and creative thinking. Students also get a chance to express themselves in writing and create various kinds of texts, such as poetry, a speech, a micro-story, etc.
ÍSLE3YL05(ms) - Reading for pleasure in Icelandic
This elective course is intended for students who are interested in literature. Main emphasis is on experience and understanding and that students read for their betterment and pleasure. The course is intended to increase students' reading of literary works, both classical and popular. Books will be chosen according to students' field of interest but in consultation with the teacher. Everybody shall read at least two books that can count as "world literature". The teacher prepares a reading list with suggestions. The reading list is first and foremost a guide but it is necessary to consult with the teacher books that are not on the list.