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Swedish History of Ideas

The course is an introduction to some important ideas and thinkers in Swedish history, from Sweden’s position as a great power in the 17th century until the Welfare state in the 20th century. Included are such topics as Linneaus, Swedish conceptions of nature and Strindberg.

Carta Marina
Detail from Olaus Magnus Carta Marina, 1539. James Ford Library. Wikimedia Commons

The course is designed to provide an initial orientation of some important themes in Swedish history of ideas from the Early Modern period onwards. 

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The course is based on a series of lectures or seminars addressing those themes, and on preparatory reading.


    Course examination is written and/or oral.


    Spring 2022:

    Annika Berg

    Karin Dirke

    Linn Holmberg

    Jens Eriksson

    Elisabeth Mansén


  • 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.
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Study Councellor History of Ideas
    Students Office