Scandinavian studies - Autumn 2020
Scandinavian Studies is a package of introductory courses in English addressing international students. The courses explore contemporary culture and social life from different perspectives and give a broad overview of the background, changes and transformations of Scandinavian culture and cultural expressions.
HI1430 Viking and Medieval Scandinavian History
(15 hec, 50 % pace)
The course gives an overview of viking and medieval Scandinavian history. Significant social, economic, and political developments are treated. The influence of Christianity and the Church during this era receives much attention; how a more united medieval Europe emerged through the church and how this influenced the Scandinavian countries. The state building process and political culture is of great interest. Differences and similarities between Scandinavia and rest of Europe are also focused as well as later views on viking and medieval Europe. Teaching language: English.
HI1470 Sweden and the Nordic countries in the early modern era (ca 1500-1800) (15 hec, 50% pace)
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?