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Innovation in Teaching

E-Master Skandinavistik/Fennistik

Project of the Department for Scandinavian/Finnish Studies (ISF) at the University of Cologne to introduce additional e-learning courses into master degree programmes of so called ‘small disciplines’.

Funded by central resources for quality improvement by the rectorate and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Cologne.


Time span of funding: 05/2013 - 04/2016 (3 years)

Further funding: 11/2016 - 10/2017 

To the online-platform in ILIAS.

Designing Knowledge

Teaching - Cooperation - Exchange


Since the beginning oft he project 2013 five e-master courses and three e-lectures were developed by the staff of the project and our network partners.

In the summer semester 2017, an e-course on the contemporary Norwegian author Matias Faldbakken and his Skandinavisk misantropi will be offered. A number of German, Norwegian and Swedish researchers will present digital guest lectures on different topics concerning the theme of the course.

Following guest speakers will contribute:

Carin Franzén, Professor and Director of the Graduate School of Language and Culture in Europe, Linköping

Jari Töppich, ph.D. student, Department of Scandinavian Studies, Bonn

Anders Skare Malvik, Associate Professor, Department of Language and Literature at NTNU Trondheim

Nicolas Pethes, Professor, Department of German Language and Literature, University of Cologne


By cooperating with other departments of Scandinavian and Finnish Studies that join the network, the e-learning platform will be constantly filled with more courses.

The courses collected on the platform can then be integrated into the scopes of teaching of the cooperating departments. Besides the bonus that the scope of teaching is widened for each department, cooperation partners benefit from the network due to the resource-friendly method of teaching with one tutor teaching for several departments at the same time.

How to join the network

Departments who would like to join the network can contact our staff directly, cf. contact information below.
Master students of cooperating departments can enroll for courses by contacting us via skanfen-e-master(at) Please tell us your home department, when contacting us.
Note for students of Finnish studies: Some courses require knowledge of Danish/Swedisch/Norwegian. Just contact us to get more information on specific courses.


You can contact us directly via skanfen-e-master(at) or individually:

Current projects staff:Project managers:Former project members:
Elena Brandenburg, M.A.Prof. Dr. Marja JärventaustaAnne-Katrin Heinen, M.A. (parental leave)
Marie Hendriks, B.A.Prof. Dr. Stephan Michael SchröderDr. Christian Berrenberg