Syllabus for Sweden's Economic and Social Development in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Sweden's economic and social development in the 19th and 20th centuries

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2EH371
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Economic History G1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2007-01-24
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-05-14
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 27, 2020
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements. A good knowledge of English is recommended.
  • Responsible department: Department of Economic History

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student should
 

  • be able to describe the general development of the Swedish economy c. 1750-present
  • be able to describe the content and importance of concepts such as "the agrarian revolution", "industrialisation", and "the welfare state" within the Swedish context
  • be able to discuss the importance of social, economic and political factors for economic change.

Content

This course deals in some depth with the extensive structural and economic changes which have characterised Sweden since the mid 18th century. This takes the form of a chronological analysis of the rapid transition from a typical poor agrarian society to an industrial welfare state. Which were the driving forces behind the development? Why did they occur so late? Which were the production factors so favourable to Sweden? These are some of the questions activated in the course. The background and substance of the concept of The Swedish Model is also dealt with.

Instruction

Lectures and seminars.

Assessment

Written examination.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 27, 2020

  • Magnusson, Lars An economic history of Sweden

    London: Routledge, 2000

    Find in the library

    Mandatory