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Introduction to the Vikings Audio Course

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Introduction to the Vikings Diploma Course

What Will You Learn?

Known for their fighting prowess and instilling fear into those they besieged, was there more to the Vikings than marauding? The Introduction to the Vikings Diploma Course takes you on a voyage through history that considers more than just their atrocities, looking at their impressive innovations in travel, trade and technology. You’ll also learn about the Vikings as a people, examining their society and religion and how they adapted to global changes.

To understand the Vikings, we first need to consider who they were. Through studying the Introduction to the Vikings Diploma Course, you will learn of their origins, from Stone Age Scandinavia through to the Migration Period of the Iron Age, and the reasons they set out on...

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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

Module 1 – Who Were the Vikings?
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The Origins of the Viking
  • Part 2: Name and Language
  • Part 3: Reasons for the Violent Viking Raids
Module 2 – Viking Society
  • Part 1: Social Classes
  • Part 2: Laws and ‘The Thing’
  • Part 3: Vikings at Home
  • Part 4: Viking Buildings
  • Part 5: Marriage, Divorce and Family
  • Part 6: Viking Clothing
Module 3 – Viking Religion
  • Part 1: Sources of Nordic Religion
  • Part 2: The Viking Cosmos
  • Part 3: Viking Gods
  • Part 4: Funerals and Sacrifices
Module 4 – Viking Raiders and Warriors
  • Part 1: Viking Weaponry
  • Part 2: Viking Ships
  • Part 3: Early Raids and a Change of Plan
  • Part 4: Conclusion
Module 5 – The Viking Age: Explorations, Settlements and Trade Routes
  • Part 1: Viking Exploration
  • Part 2: Vikings Start to Settle Down
  • Part 3: A Trading Empire
  • Part 4: Female Traders
Module 6 – The Viking Age: Kings and Conquerors
  • Part 1: The Kingdoms of Scandinavia
  • Part 2: Ireland and the Kingdom of Dublin
  • Part 3: Voyage to Vinland
  • Part 4: The Invasion of Britain
Module 7 – The End of the Viking Era
  • Part 1: The Beginning of The End
  • Part 2: Reasons for the End of the Viking Era
  • Part 3: Christianity in Scandinavia
  • Conclusion – The Viking Legacy

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