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Scandinavian Studies: Cultural and Social Perspectives, KVL182, 30 hec

The course addresses foreign students with the aim of enlarging their knowledge of Scandinavian society from cultural, historical, and social perspectives.

It gives an introduction to the development of Scandinavian society from a European point of view and a broad orientation of cultures, social groups and everyday life in Sweden from the time of the industrial revolution to the present. With focus on the city of Gothenburg urban transformations, cultural and social changes, social life, segregation, marginality and ethnic differentiation will be discussed.

The course also gives an orientation on several fields of the Swedish youth culture research, and different aspects of popular culture.


The course is divided into four (4) course units:

The Development of Scandinavia in a European Context, 7,5 hec

This course offers an introduction to the development of Scandinavian society from a European point of view. The point of departure will be ancient times and early medieval Scandinavian society and mainly concentrating on the development of the modern Scandinavian and Swedish society.

Consumer Culture – From Cheap Jack to Super Malls, 7,5 hec

The course provides both a historical and contemporary understanding of consumption in a Swedish and Scandinavian context, where the sociocultural, experiential, symbolic, and ideological aspects of consumption will be in focus. During the course we will explore theoretical perspectives that address the dynamic relationship between consumer actions, the marketplace, and cultural meanings.

Family and Gender, 7,5 hec

In this course we will investigate and discuss norms and ideas about the contemporary Swedish family. The course will provide a general outlook on the structure, form and mobility of the family, as well as a closer and more thorough analysis of different changes within the family. Although the general focus will be on the Swedish family, we
will also position current developments and changes of the family in a global framework.

Swedish Culture – Myths and Realities, 7, 5 hec

The course will examine Swedish everyday culture in a broad sense. Into a chronologically presented warp of society and everyday life from the pre-industrial Sweden until the present, thematic threads such as gender and ethnicity as well as nature and folklore, will be interwoven. The construction of identities is a central issue.

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.



Applications for the spring semester are open during September 15 until October 15. Notification of Selection Results in middle of December.

The application rounds during September 15 until October 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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