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

Sveriges ekonomiska och sociala utveckling under 1800- och 1900-talen

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2EH371
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Economic History G1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2007-01-24
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Social Sciences
  • Revised: 2011-11-29
  • Revised by: The Board of the Department of Economic History
  • Applies from: Spring 2012
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements
  • 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.


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.


Lectures and seminars.


Written examination.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2012

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Magnusson, Lars An economic history of Sweden

    London: Routledge, 2000

    Find in the library


Last modified: 2022-04-26