English translation of course syllabus

Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Sweden: Society and Culture, 7.5 credits

(Sverige: samhälle och kultur, 7.5 Sverige: samhälle och kultur, )

Course code 1190HI
Subject area History
Main field of study History
Academic school School of Historical and Contemporary Studies
Disciplary domain Humanities 100%
Grading scale AF
Education cycle First-cycle (Bachelor)
Course level A
Progressive specialisation G1N (First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements)
Language of instruction English
Valid from Autumn semester 2018


This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for the Faculty Board for Historical and Contemporary Studies  at Södertörn University on 2018-04-23 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

Entry requirements

General entry requirements (Specific entry requirements A6, exemption provided for basic level social sciences (equivalent of Swedish course Social Sciences 1b / 1a1 and 1a2)).

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students are able to

  • identify, describe and discuss a selection of aspects of and changes in Swedish society and culture, with emphasis on the 20th century
  • place the development of Swedish culture and society in an international and comparative and historical context
  • describe different ethnographical and historical perspectives on, and relate them to, different phenomena in Swedish society and culture
  • problematise and compare different ideas of national identity and culture.

Course content, modules and examinations

The course provides insights into Swedish society and culture with the emphasis on the 20th century. The course problematises theories about nation building, together with Swedes’ and foreign observers’ assessments of what are described as “typically Swedish” phenomena, such as the welfare state, political neutrality, gender equality, and multiculturalism. These phenomena are discussed from historical and ethnographic perspectives and are placed in a wider international context. Swedish literature and film, folklore and museum exhibits are discussed throughout the course.

1001, Sweden: Society and Culture, 7.5 credits

(Sverige: samhälle och kultur, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

Course design

The course consists of seminars. Students also write analytical papers based on the course content. The teacher may also plan excursions to places of cultural or social relevance to the course.

Examination format

Examination takes the form of active participation in seminars, shorter written assignments and a longer, take-home essay.

Students must attend a minimum of 80% of the seminars in order to pass the course; make-up work in the form of written assignment will be required for all missed seminars.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

Other stipulations

Following the Vice-Chancellors decision on internationalization and grade scale at Södertörn University College (dnr: 1148-1.1.2-2018), this syllabus replaces the syllabus with course code 1163HI, with the difference that the grade system has been updated. The syllabus is determined through special order (dnr: 1775-2.1.1-2018).