Swedish Society and Everyday Life

15 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 5EE503

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Ethnology G1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 28 September 2009
Responsible department
Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

Entry requirements

General entry requirements

Learning outcomes

The course will give a wide insight into Swedish culture and everyday life through examining areas like everyday life, modernity, ethnicity, work-place culture, images of Swedishness and the cultural impact of globalisation and new economies

On completion of the course the student is expected to possess knowledge of:

The cultural context of industrialisation and technological change

The terminology of ethnology, anthropology and cultural analysis

Transnational cultural processes and perspectives

The significance of cultural analysis: fieldwork and ethnography, themes,

theories, and tools

How Sweden has altered as a result of wider cultural forces


The course examines contemporary ethnological perspectives on the cultures of everyday life in Sweden. A theoretical perspective forms the basis for a critical understanding of the links between culture and society. Analysing culture, ethnicity, modernity, "new economy", electronic revolution, communication and popular culture will provide a basis for the unfolding of problem-solving skills and team-work, which are all essential factors in making the most of this course. The course might be seen as an essential part of professional training in many areas, such as medicine, technology, international management and ICT-related professions.


The instruction consists of lectures, seminars based on readings and discussions, along with study tours, individual tutoring and minor fieldwork. All instruction and literature are in English. The dialogue between the students and the teachers is vital and we are eager to get to know what you want from this course and to draw from your experiences of life in Sweden and life abroad.


The course grade is based on active participation in seminars, written home examinations presentations and the writing of papers and a concluding essay.

The grades are corresponding to ECTS credits pass with distinction (VG), pass (G), fail (U).