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HI1450 History of the Swedish Welfare State, 15 HEC

Get an overview over the Swedish welfare state and its historical and ideological roots. Analysing the joint influence of the social, economic and political forces that led to the formation of the Swedish welfare state significant social, economic and political developments will be dealt with, including class and gender aspects. In addition the course will discuss different historical interpretations of the welfare state. Also some international comparisons will be done.

HI1470 Sweden and the Nordic countries in the early modern era (ca 1500-1800), 15 HEC

In the 17th and early 18th centuries Sweden was considered to be one of the great powers of Europe. Sweden was the leading protestant state and had territorial control over parts of the Baltic region and territories that used to be member states of the Holy Roman Empire.
This course gives you an overview of Sweden and the Nordic region in the early modern period (approx. 1500-1800). The course is based on current research. Social, cultural, economic and political developments in the Nordic countries, Europe and the world during the early modern era changed Sweden’s role. Through seminars and lectures you will discuss key themes of Sweden and the Nordic region such as the development of the absolute state, power relations and gender relations in the early modern society.
Questions that may arise in seminars and lectures during the course are: How did the state and the government legitimize their position and their policy? What opportunities did ordinary people have to reach political influence? 

HI2180 Therapy for conflictual histories - working through a problematic past, 15 HEC

In recent years the use of history is a topic that has had a growing impact on history education, research and public debate. The aim of this course is to develop uses of history that go beyond traditional research and communication skills and are rather focused the application of history. A general purpose is to explore the possibilities for the historian to act as a ”social therapist”. Different theoretical perspectives on working through the past are introduced, e.g. construction of identities, mourning and conflict management. The problems are illustrated by particular cases. An important dimension of the course is to let the students themselves critically reflect and apply history in different cases of a problematic past, mainly European conflicts of interpretation with ethnic, political or social aspects.


AE1042 3D Data and visualization in archaeology and cultural heritage studies, 15 HEC

The course introduces students to the theory and methods of creating and using 3Dmodels in archaeology and cultural heritage. The teaching will be hands-on with students creating their own models. The course will acquaint students with techniques like laser scanning, photogrammetry, 3D modelling, etc. that can be used by archaeologists and cultural heritage professionals alike. The skills learned here are transferable, and can be used by individuals in other fields and by those interested in creating 3D data. Furthermore, problems with 3D modelling and how visualization techniques can help to enhance research and outreach will be discussed. Another aspect of the course will be an introduction to the critical use of models. The course will also serve as an introduction to the wider field of Digital Archaeology - a rapidly expanding field with a growing scope, literature, and job opportunities. Since the course focuses on transferable skills, the teaching offers long-term sustainability for the participants.

AE2018 Nordic and European Bronze Age societies, 15 HEC

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

AN2065 Materiality in theory and practice in the Mycenaean core area, 15 HEC