AK1213 Swedish Society, Culture and Industry in Historical Perspective 7.5 credits

Samhälle, kultur och industri i Sverige ur ett historiskt perspektiv

The course focuses on the construction of cultures and identities, and addresses topics such as political system, economy, technology, industry, city planning and architecture in a long term perspective.

The course consists of lectures, excursions, seminars and films - all held in English. The excursions involve guided visits to city, suburban or industrial areas, and to museums in the Stockholm area (participants have free admission to museums, etc).

  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

    Technology
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students FULL

Autumn 19 for programme students

  • Periods

    Autumn 19 P1 (3.5 credits), P2 (4.0 credits)

  • Application code

    51023

  • Start date

    26/08/2019

  • End date

    14/01/2020

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Evenings

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places *

    20 - 120

    *) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places. If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Course responsible

    Katarina Larsen <katarina.larsen@abe.kth.se>

  • Teacher

    Dag Avango <dag.avango@abe.kth.se>

    Katarina Larsen <katarina.larsen@abe.kth.se>

    Nina Cyrén Wormbs <nina.wormbs@abe.kth.se>

  • Target group

    Searchable for students from all programmes. Exchange students are also warmly welcome.

Spring 20 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students FULL

Intended learning outcomes

The main purpose of the course is that the students understand and should be able to give a basic account of how changing cultures, ideologies and political ideals have shaped and re-shaped Swedish city planning, technology and industry in the post-WWII period.

After the course, the students should be able to:

  • Outline and demonstrate knowledge on the main characteristics of the "Swedish model" (political system, welfare state and neutrality/non-alignment)
  • Outline and demonstrate knowledge on the general development of Swedish industry and technology in the post-WWII period
  • Outline and demonstrate knowledge on the basic characteristics of Swedish city planning during the post-WWII period.
  • Demonstrate analytical reading and writing, including reflecting, referencing, reasoning and deconstructing analytical questions central to the course content.

Course main content

The course focuses on the construction of cultures and identities, and addresses topics such as political system, economy, technology, industry, city planning and architecture in Sweden in a long term perspective.

The course consists of lectures, excursions, seminars and films – all held in English. Lectures normally start at 17.15 in the afternoon, with teachers from the Division of History of Science & Technology at KTH or  invited guest lecturers from other universities and organisations.

The excursions consist of guided visits to city, suburban and/or industrial areas in the Stockholm region, as well as visits to museums (free admission for participants).

The seminars are devoted to exam training, discussions on the course themes and written assignments. Some lectures and seminars are followed by film sessions. We have selected a number of Swedish full-length quality films, which in different ways shed light on aspects of the course contents.

Disposition

The course focuses on the construction of cultures and identities, and addresses topics such as political system, economy, technology, industry, city planning and architecture in Sweden in a long term perspective.

The course consists of lectures, excursions, seminars and films – all held in English. Lectures normally start at 17.15 in the afternoon, with teachers from the Division of History of Science & Technology at KTH or  invited guest lecturers from other universities and organisations.

The excursions consist of guided visits to city, suburban and/or industrial areas in the Stockholm region, as well as visits to museums (free admission for participants).

The seminars are devoted to exam training, discussions on the course themes and written assignments. Some lectures and seminars are followed by film sessions. We have selected a number of Swedish full-length quality films, which in different ways shed light on aspects of the course contents.

Eligibility

Completed upper secondary education including documented proficiency in English.

Recommended prerequisites

None

Literature

Kurslitteraturen är ett kompendium med artiklar som finns tillgänglig hos Avd för historiska studier av teknik, vetenskap och miljö, KTH

Required equipment

No special equipment is required.

Examination

  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Assignment, 4.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

  •  One final written exam (TEN1; 3.5 hp), grades A-F.
  • Compulsory participation in course elements and exam training activities (ÖVN1;4.0 hp), grades Pass/Fail. This includes: a) compulsory attendance in 10 of 13 course occasions, b) compulsory participation in exam training seminars, and c) compulsory group writing of 2 short essays for exam training.

Offered by

ABE/History of Science, Technology and Environment

Contact

Course content: swesoc@kth.se

Examiner

Nina Cyrén Wormbs <nina.wormbs@abe.kth.se>

Supplementary information

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places, the places are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2015.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2009.