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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 19-23, fulltime100%, day. Only for exchange students.

The History of Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region: 1850-2000

Course 7.5 credits

The course provides an introduction to the history of Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region from 1850- 2000. It deals with the rise of nationalism in the second half of the 19th century, the independence of various nations after the Russian revolution and WWI, the division of the region in East and West after WWII, the time after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the different attempts to create and build a region from the 19th century to the present day. The emphasis is on a comparative study of nation-building, national (and regional) identities, national narratives and memories.

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

Course design

The course is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Teaching can take place outside the university, e.g. in a museum.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students are able to

  • broadly summarise major developments in Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region from 1850 to the present time at a basic level
  • explain selected important events and turning points in the history of Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region
  • at a basic level, compare and contextualise the development of different countries in the region, especially nation-building processes and national narratives
  • reflect on how different historical perspectives affect our view of the past, and thereby also of the present time and the future
  • critically examine texts and reflect on differences in national historiographies.
  • discuss scholarly issues in spoken and written English.


Examination will be in the form of active participation in seminars, written assignments and a take-home essay.

Make-up work in the form of written assignment will be required for all missed seminars. However, students who are absent for more than 20% of the compulsory seminars are not considered to have participated adequately in the course, and will not receive a pass grade.

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from autumn semester 2017

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