History of Scandinavia: modern and contemporary

Course Dates: 03/11/21 - 15/12/21
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: Online
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This course is the second in a two-part programme on the history and culture of Scandinavia and its diaspora from time immemorial to the present. This second course builds on the foundations laid in the first course to show how deep foundations laid before (and unexpected events during) modernity led to the Scandinavia we know today.
Please note there will be no class on 17/11/21. This missed session will be made up on 15/12/21.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £57.00

Course Code: HEH67

Wed, eve, 03 Nov - 15 Dec '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 7 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is a basic primer on the history and culture of Scandianvia and its diaspora during Modernity and Contemporary times. The goal of the course is to instill in learners an understanding of Scandinavia/ns during this period as well as the longer-term currents which have shaped Scandinavian culture up to the present day. Unlike the previous course, Iceland material is treated, along with the rest of the Scandinavian diaspora, alongside the mainland Scandinavia material.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The 17th Century in Scandinavia and the Diaspora(Lecture & Seminar) By the end of this session, learners will know an overview of the history of Scandinavia in the period 1600-1700.
The 18th Century in Scandinavia and the Diaspora (Lecture and Seminar) By the end of this session, learners will know an overview of the history of Scandinavia in the period 1700-1800.
The 19th Century in Scandinavia and the Diaspora (Lecture and Seminar) By the end of this session, learners will know an overview of the history of Scandinavia in the period 1800-1900.
The 20th Century in Scandinavia and the Diaspora, Part 1: 1900-45 (Lecture & Seminar) By the end of this session, learners will know an overview of the history of Scandinavia in the period 1900-45.
The 20th Century in Scandinavia and the Diaspora, Part 2: 1945-90 (Lecture & Seminar) By the end of this session, learners will know an overview of the history of Scandinavia in the period 1945-90.
The Nordic World in Contemporary Times: 1990-2021 (Lecture and Seminar) By the end of this session, learners will know an overview of the history of contemporary Scandinavia.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

1) Increase your cultural sensitivity and awareness of and towards Scandinavian people(s), based on a deep understanding of their historical-cultural/linguistic origins.
2) Read, analyse, and collegially debate / discuss Scandinavian material at a tertiary level.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Those new to Scandinavian history are welcome. An interest in the subject and history generally is essential. All necessary background material will be given and the course will be pitched at 1st year undergraduate level- however no exams or essays are required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

A mixture of lecture and seminar discussion. Pre- session tasks/ reading will be given. These are optional but completion will enhance your enjoyment/understandiing of the course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All reading materials will be provided free of charge to learners. Learners will need a laptop or other mobile device to access online learning, and whatever materials they may require to take notes during sessions and intersession tasks.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HEH70 Norse code: deciphering the Viking Age. Or other courses in European history- please see the City Lit website.

Daniel White

Dr Daniel White is a Philologist and Historian of the Medieval West Norse World. He studied at the University of Birmingham (BA, MA), the University of Iceland, and University College London (PhD). Daniel´s academic research centres on the literary and historical dimensions of the fourteenth-century Icelandic compilation Sturlunga saga. He has also previously published translations of The Tale of Geirmundr heljarskinn (Delos, 2018) and The Saga of Þórðr kakali (Punctum Books, 2020).

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