Course - first cycle - 7.5 credits
Admission requirementsThe special prerequisite for this course, besides basic eligibility for university studies, is fieldeligibility 6: Civics A and English B. Applicants are exempted from the Civics A requirement.
Course Code: IM227L
- Department of Global Political Studies
The course was established 09 February 2012.
This course syllabus (version 1) was approved 01 March 2012 by the Board of Studies at Faculty of Culture and Society (SMS).
The syllabus is valid from 03 September 2012.
The aim of the course is to give the student introductory knowledge and elementary skills in the Chechen language that may be used as a complement to a professional profile or in combination with another academic subject.
Advancement in relation to the degree requirements
The course can normally be included as a part of a general degree at undergradate level.
The special prerequisite for this course, besides basic eligibility for university studies, is fieldeligibility 6: Civics A and English B. Applicants are exempted from the Civics A requirement.
Learning outcomesKnowledge and understanding
After finishing the course, the student shall:
Skills and abilities
- demonstrate an introductory knowledge of the Chechen language (writing system, pronunciation, basic vocabulary and elementary grammar);
- have basic knowledge of selected topics on Chechen culture and society, and
After finishing the course, the student shall be able to:
- engage in simple communicative situations in Chechen;
- apply elementary grammatical rules;
- read and understand simple Chechen texts.
AssessmentsAssessment is based on mandatory assignments throughout the course and a final written and oral (online) examination, including translation of elementary Chechen/English sentences, reading, listening and understanding elementary Chechen.
There are two resubmission possibilities for failed assignments and examination. Each examination moment will be resubmitted in the same form as the original examination.
Course contentThe course introduces the students to the Chechen writing system and pronunciation. In lectures and interactive exercises basic grammatical rules and vocabulary are offered step by step. Chechen words and simple texts and dialogues are supplied with audiofiles.
In addition to material on the Chechen language, each lecture includes a section on Chechen culture and society (for instance, Chechen history, Chechen among the other Caucasian languages, geography, Chechen traditions, Chechen folklore, etc.).
Learning activitiesAll instruction and other course activities are conducted online. Students get access to the online lectures with audiofiles and interactive exercises in the virtual classroom, where they also interact with lecturers and other course participants. Forum and chat functions are used for online discussions and the free software Skype is used in oral communication over the internet. Mandatory exercises that are sent in to lecturers for individual feedback are an important course component.
As the course is conducted exclusively online, no on-campus meetings are included. Note that you need a computer with internet connection and a head-set with microphone in order to follow the course.
Grading systemExcellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).
Reading list and other mediaShavkhelishvili, B. & Vamling, K. Introduction to the Chechen language. Online lectures with grammar, texts, audiofiles, exercises, Malmö, 2010.
The material is accessible to enrolled students as an integrated part of the online lectures. In addition to the web-based Chechen language material, online resources (approx. 100 pages) covering various aspects of Chechen culture and society are included in the lectures.
Nichols, Johanna: ‘Chechen’, in: Rieks Smeets (ed.), The North East Caucasian Languages, part 2. The Indigenous Languages of the Caucasus, Vol. 4: 1-77.
Tishkov, Valery. 2004. Chechnya: life in a war-torn society. Foreword by Mikhail Gorbachev. Berkely: University of California.
Course evaluationStudents are given the opportunity to comment the course at the end of the course in an online survey. A compilation of the results will be available on the university computer net. Students are also given the opportunity to offer oral feedback earlier in the course.