The aim of the course is to focus on important aspects of culture, history of ideas and social systems in the different Scandinavian countries, with special regards to Sweden. The course is inter-disciplinary. In order to understand the common trend the course starts with a retrospective view of Scandinavian history from the Viking and Middle Ages, and gives attention to the cultural interaction within Scandinavia, as well as other European countries and the USA. Special consideration will be given to the democratic development from the late 1800’s until the present. Scandinavian culture and society will be studied through examples from literature, art, music, theatre, film and the history of ideas.
Selected topics treated during the course:
• Our roots? The borders of Scandinavia and the conceptualization of Scandinavia in myths and on maps.
• The history of Scandinavia – an outline from the pagan days to the present.
• Religion, civilization myths and the function of specific Nordic motives as a key of understanding. Scandinavian history and culture.
• The roots of Scandinavian democracy and the Scandinavian model of the welfare state.
• Scandinavian literature – an overview of classical and popular culture.
• Scandinavian music – an overview of classical and popular culture.
• Film and theatre – an overview of classical and popular culture.
Last modified 18 Mar 2013
Division of Culture Management and Intermediality