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Entry requirements: 30 credits in Social Science or Humanities and English B (intermediate level), or the equivalent

Selection: 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.

Imperialism and Colonialism, Gender and Intercultural Perspective

Course 7.5 credits

During the course imperialism and colonialism are examined and discussed, both as concepts and historical phenomena. Imperialism and colonialism are analyzed using several different perspectives (gender, class, and ethnicity) and different historical explanations are compared and examined. One of the course themes is the Swedish colonization of Sápmi, which is discussed critically. During the course, the students also become familiar with and critically analyze examples of postcolonial history-writing. The students are also required apply methods of historical scholarship on a primary source material pertaining to imperialism and colonialism.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: spring semester 2018

Course design

The course consists of lectures, seminars, and archival or field studies.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • discuss and compare imperialism och colonialism in different time periods and parts of the world and juxtapose different explanations of these societal phenomena
  • reflect critically about the importance of gender and intercultural perspectives for historical research on imperialism and colonialism
  • present an overview and discuss previous research on imperialism and colonialism
Skills and abilities
  • apply and discuss critically methods of historical scholarship
  • apply a gender and / or intercultural perspective when analyzing aspects of imperialism and colonialism
judgement and approach
  • show a deeper understanding of the importance of how different choices of perspective influence our interpretation of the past, and therefore also our interpretation of contemporary times and the future


Examination will be in the form of active participation in seminars, and individual written assignments.

Make-up work in the form of written assignments will be required for all missed seminars. If the text handed in are judged to be inadequate the assignment must be reworked and resubmitted.

Assignments must be submitted within three weeks of notification.

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from spring semester 2018

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