Introduction to Scandinavian history

Course Dates: 02/11/20 - 30/11/20
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: Online

Explore the history of Scandinavia from the early state formations to the challenges the region faces today.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

Scandinavia has captured the interests of many in recent years. This course builds on that by exploring the history of Scandinavia from the early state formations to the challenges the region faces today over five sessions.

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 first class will serve as an introduction and examine the early period of Scandinavian state-building from the Medieval ages to the early modern period. The second session will explore how Scandinavia was involved in the global pursuit of colonial wealth and expansion. The third session focuses on how these Northern colonial powers/territories became a group of small European nation states seeking to promote strong societies and stay out of great power politics by the beginning of the Second World War. The fourth session will focus on Scandinavia as a frontier region in the Cold War and the last session on how the Scandinavian countries have fared since 1989.

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

Taking this course will strengthen your understanding of how Scandinavia has developed into a distinct region while adapting to the broader European and global contexts.

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

The course is ‘introductory’ and does not require previous studies on the topic. However, curiosity and a willingness to discuss will help both your learning and class discussions.

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

The course does not require work outside class although you might find it useful to explore the media landscape and the optional material in the Google Classroom alongside the sessions. Typically, the classes will be a combination of teacher presentation and, most importantly, group discussion.

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

You might find a notebook or electronic device useful for notes. A folder for handouts might also be handy.

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

Please see the City Lit website: for further courses in the contemporary history and politics section.

Tutor Biographies
Martin Jorgensen

Martin Ottovay Jorgensen is a historian by education (BA, MA and PhD in Denmark and Belgium). Overall, his research focuses on how forms of international cooperation were new international undertakings but also reflected deeper imperial practices that lingered on long after decolonization in various ways. As a university teacher, he has taught courses on world and global history; imperial and colonial history; the history of international organisations; peace and conflict; global issues and international relations as well as how memory is an active dimension in community-building, society, politics, international relations, conflict as well as corporate branding. Perhaps more importantly, Martin sees the active promotion of robust historical thinking as both a democratic practice of vital importance to the maintenance and continued strengthening of democracy and thus society as a whole. At City Lit, Martin combines these interests with his student-centric approach that aims to both promote history as a socially relevant way of thinking and give each class and course a horizon beyond itself.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: HEH19

Full Mon, eve, 02 Nov - 30 Nov '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £79.00
Concession: £35.00

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