Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
The History of Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region: 1850-2000, 7.5 credits
(Skandinaviens och Östersjöregionens historia: 1850-2000, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 1193HI
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
  • broadly summarise major developments in Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region from 1850 to the present time at a basic level
  • explain selected important events and turning points in the history of Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region
  • at a basic level, compare and contextualise the development of different countries in the region, especially nation-building processes and national narratives
  • reflect on how different historical perspectives affect our view of the past, and thereby also of the present time and the future
  • critically examine texts and reflect on differences in national historiographies.
  • discuss scholarly issues in spoken and written English.

  • 4. Course content, modules and examinations

    The course provides an introduction to the history of Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region from 1850- 2000. It deals with the rise of nationalism in the second half of the 19th century, the independence of various nations after the Russian revolution and WWI, the division of the region in East and West after WWII, the time after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the different attempts to create and build a region from the 19th century to the present day. The emphasis is on a comparative study of nation-building, national (and regional) identities, national narratives and memories.

    • Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region: 1850-2000, 7,5 credits
      (Skandinaviens och Östersjöregionens historia: 1850-2000, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

    • 1001, Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region: 1850-2000, 7,5 credits
      (Skandinaviens och Östersjöregionens historia: 1850-2000, 7.5 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F

    5. Course design

    The course is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Teaching can take place outside the university, e.g. in a museum.

    6. Examination format

    Examination will be in the form of active participation in seminars, written assignments and a take-home essay.

    Make-up work in the form of written assignment will be required for all missed seminars. However, students who are absent for more than 20% of the compulsory seminars are not considered to have participated adequately in the course, and will not receive a pass grade.
     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
    VT 2019HT 20192018-11-15Ämnesrådet i historia, Dnr. 4151-2.1.1-2018
    VT 20202019-11-28Ämnesrådet i historia Dnr. 4101-2.1.1-2019

    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 1164HI, with the difference that the grade system has been updated. The syllabus is determined through special order (dnr: 1775-2.1.1-2018).