Swedish history from the Vikings to the present day

Course

Sweden: History and Politics

7.5 credits

AS2019 / SS2020

100%

Campus

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 examples from a range of periods and placing them in the wider context of Swedish history.

This course is only open for exchange students.

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Societal analysis, then and now After studying History, you will have the ability to see and analyse complex sequences of events from overall and long-term perspectives. Many people who have studied History choose to work as teachers or researchers, or in museums or in the heritage sector. The subject is also suitable if you want to work as a journalist, external analyst or in public administration. History provides a general education that is useful for numerous professions, and knowledge that will be beneficial in your private life too. Read about research in this subject
Examine and problematise key elements of Sweden’s political history This course provides an overview of the major developments in Sweden, from the Viking era to the present, focusing on political history and the discussion of key periods and turning points. Sweden’s political history is examined and problematised using examples from different periods and placing them in the wider context of Swedish history, as well as the political history of other countries. The ideas and images of national identity are also discussed and problematised. Possible topics and examples are the Varangians of the Viking era and their influence on state building processes in Eastern Europe, Sweden’s Great Power Era, the Swedish nation-state and the welfare state. Course design The course is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, but may also take place outside the university, e.g. at a museum. Examination is conducted through active participation in seminars, written assignments and a take-home written examination.
General education and understanding of contemporary society Knowledge of history is important for understanding the world we live in. Contemporary society and the human condition are the result of historical processes. Investigating and explaining historical processes, events and decisions help us understand contemporary society and major societal issues. For example, an historical perspective on gender, class and ethnicity can show us the changes that have taken place and led us to where we are today. If you study history, you will have the tools and skills to conduct these analyses. History is a broad subject that is part of the humanities, so you will study humans as cultural beings through different periods of history. The subject deals with developments and changes in human societies over time. As a subject, History has many different perspectives on, and approaches to, human history. Source criticism, gender theory and the management of historical source material are just a few examples of issues you will discuss during your studies. History at Södertörn University focuses on describing, understanding and explaining different types of historical events and processes using a factual and reflective approach.