Scandinavian studies - Spring 2021
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.
KVL191 Scandinavian Film and Media Culture, 7.5 hec
(50%, period 1 & 2)
The course provides a basic introduction to Scandinavian film cultures through anoverview of central film directors, actors, genre traditions and contemporary trends. Concepts as national and regional are discussed in relation to Danish, Norwegian and Swedish cinema. The course offers knowledge about the ways media represent socialand political issues. There will be an initiation in the aesthetic tools necessary fordiscussing these issues in a specific cultural context.
KVL192 Scandinavian Design, 7.5 hec
(50%, period 1 & 2)
This course offers an introduction to Scandinavian design and art. The survey includes cultural, theoretical and historical aspects related to Scandinavia with an emphasis on 20th century and contemporary design. The aim of the course is to provide a nuanced picture of Scandinavian design, and the relationship between form, innovation and entrepreneurship.
KVL190 Cultural perspectives on Gender and Family, 7,5 hec (50%, period 3 & 4)
In this course we will investigate and discuss the contemporary Swedish family. Thecourse will provide a general outlook on the structure, form and mobility of the family,as well as a closer and more thorough analysis of different developments within thefamily. Some of the topics that will be raised and discussed are fatherhood in transition,immigrant families and the construction of the other, and queer perspectives on thefamily. Although the general focus will be on the Swedish family, we will also positioncurrent developments and changes of the family in a global framework.
RT1111 Religion in Scandinavia, 7.5 hec
(50%, period 3 & 4)
This course provides an orientation about how religious beliefs and practices in Scandinavia, with a focus on Western Sweden, have influenced and been influenced by cultural and societal conditions and processes of change. Special attention is payed to how, what we today call “Religion”, historically has been intertwined with and part of everyday life, culture and politics. In this course, a few more important historical events and time periods such as Christianization process, the Reformation, the emergence of reviewal movements and the contemporary religiously pluralistic Sweden are emphasized. By studying these, Religion in Western Sweden is situated in its national, Scandinavian and global contexts.