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Nordic History, 30 ECTS Credits
COURSE CATEGORY   Single Subject Course
  COURSE CODE   751A12
After completion of the course the student should be independently able to:
- describe the physical geography of the Nordic region
- describe and analyze the prehistory of the Nordic region in the period prior to the existence of written records.
- describe and analyze the political, social and cultural development of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) from the appearance of written records to the present
- use scientifically accepted qualitative and quantitative historical methods
- critically read and analyze texts concerning Nordic history
- formulate research questions and problems in the field of Nordic history
I. Prehistoric and Medieval Scandinavia (7.5 p) – Traditionally the academic disciplines in Sweden have left this part of history to the archaeologists. From the iron age, through the great migrations and on through the Viking Era, early history is treated from the Scandinavian perspective and on the basis of new scholarship. The introduction of Christianity and the growth of trade and town are also considered, as well as the realignment of political constellations with the disintegration of the Kalmar Union and the gradual consolidation of Denmark-Norway and Sweden-Finland.

II. Early Modern Scandinavia (1520-1720) (7.5 p) - The course deals with the Reformation and its aftermath, as well as the 17th century, a period of expansion when Sweden emerged as a great power around the Baltic. The development of the state and its relation to society were important features. Both the agrarian world and proto-industrial developments are studied. The emergence of enlightened despotism occurred at the same time that there was a new wave of expansion, the society of Estates developed, and science and the intellectual world blossomed. The era ended with the demise in the extension of the Napoleonic conflicts in Europe.

III. 18th and 19th Century Scandinavia (7.5 p) - The basis of modern society was laid in this era with the development from agricultural to industrial societies, the rise of parliamentary government and democracy and the rise of Nationalism and Scandinavism. Economic and social developments led to improvements in everyday life. Population growth and discontent led both to migration and emigration, as well as the growth of popular movements. The relation of the Nordic countries to Europe is also explored.

IV. Scandinavia in the 20th century (7.5 p) - The twentieth century has been characterized by governmental reforms much discussed throughout the world. The roots of modern social and economic development are traced to both domestic and European sources. The themes studied include the rise and fall of the Welfare State; war, peace and neutrality (including role in the Cold War), patterns of daily life in the modern world and the relationship of the Nordic countries to the EU.
Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course two times are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

In-depth study of at least 90 ECTS credits (3 semesters of full-time study) in the major subject is required, including a paper corresponding to approximately 10 weeks of study (15 ECTS).
Documented knowledge of English equivalent to "Engelska B"; i.e. English as native language or an internationally recognized test, e.g. TOEFL (minimum scores: Paperbased 550 + TWE-score 4.0, computorbased 213 and internetbased 79), IELTS, academic (minimum score: Overall band 6.0 and no band under 5.0), or equivalent.
The course is graded according to the ECTS grading scale A-F
Course certificate is issued by the Faculty Board on request. The Department provides a special form which should be submitted to the Student Affairs Division.
The course literature is decided upon by the department in question.
Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus.

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.
Nordic History
Nordic History
Department responsible
for the course or equivalent:
ISAK - Department of Society and Culture
Registrar No: 2009/00139   Course Code: 751A12      
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Subject/Subject Area : History - HIA          
Level   Education level     Subject Area Code   Field of Education  
  Advanced level     HIA   HU