Swedish History of Ideas, 7.5 credits

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.

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.


Autumn 2019

Andreas Hellerstedt



Student office
Mattias Arreborn
Room: 260
Phone: 08-674 74 84
E-mail: expedition.ike@su.se

Visiting hours: Monday & Thursday  kl. 9.30-11.30 and Thursday kl. 13.30-15.30
Phone hours:Tuesday-Wednesday kl. 13.30-15.30

Student Councellor, History of Ideas
Andreas Hellerstedt
Phone: 08-674 73 20 
E-mail: studievagledare@idehist.su.se

Visiting hours and phone hours: Tuesdays kl. 10.00–13.00

Director of Studies, History of Ideas
Thord Silverbark
Phone: 08-16 14 84
E-mail: thord.silverbark@idehist.su.se

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