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The comparative study of nations and regions


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

7.5 credits




This course is an introduction to the history of Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea region, 1850–2000. It covers subjects like the rise of nationalism in the second half of the 19 th century, WWI, and the attempts to create and build a regional identity. It focuses on a comparative study of nation-building, national and regional identities, narratives and memories.

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
Compare and contextualise national and regional development and narratives This course broadly summarises major developments in Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region from 1850 to the present time, covering selected important events and turning points in its history. These include the rise of nationalism in the second half of the 19 th century, the independence of various nations after the Russian revolution and WWI, the division of the region into 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 19 th century to the present day. You will compare and contextualise the development of different countries in the region, especially nation-building processes and national narratives, and reflect on how different historical perspectives affect our view of the past, and thereby also of the present time and the future. Course design The course is taught through a combination of lectures and compulsory seminars, and teaching may also take place outside the university, e.g. at a museum. Examination is in the form of active participation, written assignments and a take-home essay.
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.