Sweden - Society and Everyday Life
15 credits cr.
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The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to an ethnological analysis and understanding of Swedish society, past and present.
The course deals with aspects of cultural and historical change from peasant society through modernity to contemporary society. Identity, diversity, family, gender, folklore and cultural heritage are central themes in the course. All lectures and course materials are in English.
The course consists of two modules.
Module 1: Swedish society, history and cultural heritage
After completing the course module "Swedish society, history and cultural heritage", students will be able to understand and examine the following issues:
- ethnological research, methods and perspectives on Swedish society and culture
- cultural forms of nationalism, particularly within the Swedish context
- the organisation of culture and heritage in late modern Sweden
Module 2: Issues and debates: Feminism, religion and othering
After completing the course module "Issues and debates: Feminism, religion and othering", students will be able to understand and examine the following issues:
- the effects of migration and processes of globalization on the nation, particularly within the Swedish context
- identity processes regarding gender, ethnicity and religion in relation to the nation, particularly within the Swedish context
- processes of cultural transformation, nation building and modernity in present day society
Forms of education: lectures, seminars, small group preparatory and excursions. Excursions, small group preparatory and seminars are mandatory. All education is in English.
Module 1: Swedish society - history and cultural heritage and Module 2: Issues and debates: Feminism, religion and othering are examined on the basis of take-home examinations.
ScheduleThe schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
Course literatureNote that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.