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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 09-13, fulltime100%, day. Only for exchange students.

Sweden: History and Politics

Course 7.5 credits

The course provides an introduction to Swedish history from the Viking era to the present, with a focus on political history. Different ideas and images of Sweden will be problematised during the course. Sweden’s political history is discussed using different examples from different periods, placing them in the wider context of Swedish history, as well as the political history of other countries. Possible topics and examples are the Varangians of the Viking era and their influence on state building processes in Eastern Europe, the Swedish ‘Great Power Era’, the Swedish nation-state and the welfare state.

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 describe the major developments in Sweden from the Viking era to the present, with a focus on political history
  • discuss key periods and turning points in Sweden’s political history
  • compare Sweden’s political history with that of other countries
  • discuss and problematise ideas and images of national identity.


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

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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