Space is a basic category of human thought. Over the last decades it became a very productive scientific category, too. Thinking about spaces, places, locations, or landscapes covers a spectrum of meanings from the concrete and material through to the abstract and metaphorical. In this course we explore various categories of space in the field of Old Norse culture. Together with international guest scholars from different fields we want to find out how mythological, heroic, historical, geographical spaces or landscapes look like in written and oral narratives, but also on picture-stones, runic inscriptions, paintings, woodcarvings and manuscripts. Another promising question could be to ask about the relationship between texts, images and maps and the process of mapping itself.
Introduction and course overview: space as
a key element of narration and representation
Joanna Maryniak completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
I won't hesitate to name it as the best MOOC I have ever taken. Each week was run by different specialists (under the supervision of the main team) and it showed that the staff tried their hardest (and succeeded) to find the best specialist in each area. The course was demanding intellectually if not in the domain of time requirements - 5 hours a week seemed reasonable to me.