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Sweden - Society and Everyday Life

The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to an ethnological analysis and understanding of Swedish society, past and present.

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department- courses

If you have been admitted to a course at our department you need to do the following to claim your place.

1) Activate your university account. The university account gives you access to IT services at Stockholm University and to information necessary for your studies. Here you find information about how to activate your account.

NB, there can be a time laps between your account activation until you will be able to do the course registration.

2) Register for the course. To claim your place in the course you need to register. Registration is online (login with your university account). If you are uncertain about whether your registration has been successful, just try to print out a certificate of registration and check if this course is mentioned.

Registration on the web is open from January 4th to January 10th 2020. Thereafter we take in students from the list of reserves. N.B. you will lose your place if you fail to register during the abovementioned period. If you encounter problems, contact me by e-mail not later than December 10th.

Course information such as syllabus, schedule, list of required readings, is available further down on this page.

Once you have registered you will have access to the course’s site in Athena, where you find more detailed course information. Log in with your university account.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic our department has decided that during the first half of the spring semester all courses will be taught online. That means that you need to have access to a computer with broadband internet connection, web-camera and preferably a head-set. Here you can read about the software we use for online teaching.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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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.

  • Course structure

    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:

    1. ethnological research, methods and perspectives on Swedish society and culture
    2. cultural forms of nationalism, particularly within the Swedish context
    3. 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:

    1. the effects of migration and processes of globalization on the nation, particularly within the Swedish context
    2. identity processes regarding gender, ethnicity and religion in relation to the nation, particularly within the Swedish context
    3. processes of cultural transformation, nation building and modernity in present day society

    Teaching format

    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.


    List of examiners at ERG

  • Schedule

    The 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 literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
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