English translation of course syllabus

Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Imperialism and Colonialism, Gender and Intercultural Perspective, 7.5 credits

(Imperialism och kolonialism, genus- och interkulturellt perspektiv, 7.5 Imperialism och kolonialism, genus- och interkulturellt perspektiv, )

Course code 1192HI
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 B
Progressive specialisation G1F (First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as 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

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

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

Course content, modules and examinations

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.

1001, Imperialism and Colonialism, 7.5 credits

(Imperialism och kolonialism, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

Course design

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

Examination format

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.

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 1173HI, with the difference that the grade system has been updated. The syllabus is determined through special order (dnr: 1775-2.1.1-2018).