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Entry requirements: General entry requirements and English B (intermediate level) (Specific entry requirements 6, exemption provided for Social Sciences A (basic level)).
General entry requirements (Specific entry requirements A6, exemption provided for basic level social sciences (equivalent of Swedish course Social Sciences 1b / 1a1+1a2)).

Selection: 1/3 on the basis of upper secondary school grades, 1/3 on the basis of the Swedish University Aptitude Test, 1/3 on the basis of previous university credits (Max. 165 credits may be taken into account)

This course is only open for exchange students.

Information about application for exchange students

  • SS19 week 04-08, fulltime100%, day. Only for exchange students.

Sweden: Society and Culture

Course 7.5 credits

The course provides insights into Swedish society and culture with the emphasis on the 20th century. The course problematises theories about nation building, together with Swedes’ and foreign observers’ assessments of what are described as “typically Swedish” phenomena, such as the welfare state, political neutrality, gender equality, and multiculturalism. These phenomena are discussed from historical and ethnographic perspectives and are placed in a wider international context. Swedish literature and film, folklore and museum exhibits are discussed throughout the course.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: autumn semester 2017

Course design

The course consists of seminars. Students also write analytical papers based on the course content. The teacher may also plan excursions to places of cultural or social relevance to the course.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students are able to

  • identify, describe and discuss a selection of aspects of and changes in Swedish society and culture, with emphasis on the 20th century
  • place the development of Swedish culture and society in an international and comparative and historical context
  • describe different ethnographical and historical perspectives on, and relate them to, different phenomena in Swedish society and culture
  • problematise and compare different ideas of national identity and culture.


Examination takes the form of active participation in seminars, shorter written assignments and a longer, take-home essay.

Students must attend a minimum of 80% of the seminars in order to pass the course; make-up work in the form of written assignment will be required for all missed seminars.

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from autumn semester 2017

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