Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
Sweden: History and Politics, 7.5 credits
(Sverige: historia och politik, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 1165HI
Subject area: History
Main field of study: History
Academic school: School of Historical and Contemporary Studies
Disciplinary domain: Humanities 50% Social Sciences 50%
Grading scale: G/VG
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 2017 (autumn semester)

1. Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for Historical and Contemporary Studies at Södertörn University on 2016-11-22 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 describe the major developments in Sweden from the Viking era to the present, with a focus on political history
  • discuss key periods and turning points in Sweden’s political history
  • compare Sweden’s political history with that of other countries
  • discuss and problematise ideas and images of national identity.

  • 4. Course content, modules and examinations

    The course provides an introduction to Swedish history from the Viking era to the present, with a focus on political history. Different ideas and images of Sweden will be problematised during the course. Sweden’s political history is discussed using different examples from different periods, placing them in the wider context of Swedish history, as well as the political history of other countries. Possible topics and examples are the Varangians of the Viking era and their influence on state building processes in Eastern Europe, the Swedish ‘Great Power Era’, the Swedish nation-state and the welfare state.

    • Sweden: History and Politics, 7,5 credits
      (Sverige: historia och politik, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

    • 1001, Sweden: History and Politics, 7,5 credits
      (Sverige: historia och politik, 7.5 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: U/G/VG

    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 written examination.

    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.

    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 20182017-11-23Ämnesrådet i historia, Dnr 3825-2.1.1-2017

    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.