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Scandinavian Studies: Cultural and Aesthetic Perspectives (KVL181), 30 hec

The course addresses foreign students with the aim of enlarging their knowledge of Scandinavian society from cultural and aesthetic perspectives. Furthermore this course will explore issues of music and national identity in historic and modern contexts, using as examples various music arenas in Gothenburg.

It will also explore two sets of issues which are fundamental to Scandinavian cinema in general; the role of cinema in the negotiation of the social imaginary and the impact of material and environmental conditions on filmmaking in the region.

The course gives a broad overview of Swedish literature, with focus mainly on Swedish modernism, from the Scandinavian modern breakthrough to the present and will also provide an orientation in the development of modern Swedish theatre and drama or explore Scandinavian culture through other aesthetic expressions.

The course is divided into four (4) units:

Scandinavian Film and Media, 7,5 hec

The course explores Scandinavian popular film and television over the last two decades; how major forms and themes and their representations relate to current social and political issues and move between cultures and markets.

Music and Modernity, 7,5 hec

This course will explore issues of music and national identity in historic and modern contexts, using as examples various music arenas mainly in Sweden. Field work and the study of texts in music sociology will
give students insights into how music works in society to express and define individual and collective realities.

Scandinavian Design, 7,5 hec

This course offers an introduction to Scandinavian design and art. The survey includes cultural, theoretical and historical aspects related to Scandinavia with an emphasis on 20thcentury and contemporary design. The aim of the course is to provide a nuanced picture of Scandinavian design, and the relationship between form, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Performance, Power, and Politics in a Scandinavian Context, 7,5 hec

The course aims at investigating theatre, opera and dance as a site for an ongoing power struggle between socio-economic forces and aesthetic values. The course will provide an orientation to Scandinavian and specifically Swedish theatre and the performing arts from the late eighteenth century until today. It concentrates on a variety of aspects such as language, acting/performing, power, and cultural politics. Analytical methods in performance analysis will be applied to different types of performances.


All lectures are given by experts in the various areas explored. The language of instruction and lecturing is English. Sufficient proficiency in English is necessary in all classes, as the required reading is in English. Course examination will be in the form of a home essay in connection with each course unit. The marking system has three grades: Pass, Pass with Distinction or Fail.


Entrance requirements

Applicants must be qualified for university studies in their home countries and have sufficient English proficiency to attend courses at an academic level given in English.

General entrance requirements including English knowledge equivalent to TOEFL test Paper-based, 4.0 in written test and a total score of 530 or Internet-based, 17 in written test and a total score of 72 or IELTS, an overall mark of 5.5 and no section below 5.0.

Selection is based upon your average grade from upper secondary school or the number of credit points from previous university studies or both.



Course in English:
Applications for the autumn semester are open during March 15 until April 15. Notification of Selection Results in middle of July.

The application rounds during March 15 until April 15 are suggested for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a resident permit.

Non-EU/EEA students are referred to Universityadmissions to apply to the University of Gothenburg. Here you will find full details of how to apply and which documents you should send in.

All applications are completed online via Universityadmissions Course and programme descriptions, together with details of entrance requirements and qualifications, can be found online at the University of Gothenburg's education pages.


It is not possible to apply for the same course/programme in two application rounds for the same semester.

Tuition fee

  • Full course cost 50 000 SEK
  • First payment 50 000 SEK
  • Tuition fee does not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.

For further information on application and tuition fees please visit Universityadmissions.


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