Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
Sweden: Society and Culture, 7.5 credits
(Sverige: samhälle och kultur, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 1190HI
Subject area: History
Main field of study: History
Academic school: School of Historical and Contemporary Studies
Disciplinary domain: Humanities 100%
Grading scale: AF
Education cycle: First-cycle (Bachelor)
Course level: A (introductory)
Progressive specialisation: G1N (First cycle. Entry requirements: completed upper secondary education)
Language of instruction: English
Valid from: HT 2018 (autumn semester)

1. Validation

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

2. Entry requirements

General entry requirements and English B (intermediate level) (Specific entry requirements 6, exemption provided for Social Sciences A (basic level)).
General entry requirements (Specific entry requirements A6, exemption provided for basic level social sciences (equivalent of Swedish course Social Sciences 1b / 1a1+1a2)).

3. 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.

  • 4. 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.

    • Sweden: Society and Culture, 7,5 credits
      ( Sverige: samhälle och kultur, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

    • 1001, Sweden: Society and Culture, 7,5 credits
      ( Sverige: samhälle och kultur, 7.5 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F

    5. 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.

    6. 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 for compensatory support from Södertörn University, the examiner may decide on an adapted examination or alternative examination form in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

    7. Reading list

    If there are changes in the reading list between semesters, a new list for the next semester is to be validated no later than July 15 and December 15 respectively.
    Valid from Valid to Decision date Decision board
    HT 2018HT 20182018-05-24Ämnesrådet i historia, Dnr. 2141-2.1.1-2018
    VT 2019VT 20192018-11-15Ämnesrådet i historia, Dnr. 4151-2.1.1-2018
    HT 2019HT 20192019-05-23Ämnesrådet i historia, Dnr. 2180-2.1.1-2019
    VT 2020VT 20202019-11-28Ämnesrådet i historia, Dnr. 4101-2.1.1-2019
    HT 20202020-05-28Ämnesrådet i historia Dnr. 2049-2.1.1-2020

    8. 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.

    9. 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).