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.
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: www.citylit.ac.uk for further courses in the contemporary history and politics section.