Imagining Sweden - Swedish History and Culture during the 20th Century, 7.5 Credits

Imagining Sweden is an interesting field where historical changes meet an imagined progressive welfare state and open society which welcomes those in need. The counter image is a country with increasing inequalities and withering social trust and where rightwing populist forces are on the rise. How can this ambivalence be understood?Taking point of departure in the international perspective, the course will focus on Swedish history during the 19th and 20th century, where the Swedish success story is set into historical context. During this course we will discuss the Swedish historical development in contrast to international images and ideas about Sweden and Swedishness in order to gain a deeper understanding of the origin of these images and to understand what purpose these images have served historically and continues to serve today.

ECTS Credits

7.5 Credits

Level of education

First cycle, the level of specialised study for general qualification cannot be classified (GXX)


School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

When is the course offered?

Prerequisites: General entry requirements for university studies.

Selection: Average grade/national university aptitude test/university points

Additional information: Teaching methods
The course can be made up of lectures, laboratory work, seminars, field studies, exercises, placement studies, web-based discussions and/or workshops.

The course can be assessed through written examination, take-home examination, compulsory course components, paper, essay and/or oral examination.

Course syllabus

Application code: X1811