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Sweden - Society and Everyday Life

  • 15 credits

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.

  • Course structure

    The course consists of two modules.

    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.

    Assessment

    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.

    Examiner

    List of current examiners at ERG

  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
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