Swedish Language A

30 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 5SV228

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Swedish G1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 27 February 2024
Responsible department
Department of Scandinavian Languages

General provisions

This is a freestanding course.

Entry requirements

General entry requirements

Learning outcomes

The course aims to give the student basic knowledge about linguistic perspectives, the structure variation and historical development of the Swedish language and about texts and conversations. The course also develops the student's language skills in oral and written presentations.

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding:

  • Account for different basic linguistic perspectives and concepts
  • Show basic understanding of the Swedish language's structure, variation and historical development

Skills and abilities:

  • Apply linguistic methods through analyses of Swedish texts and conversations
  • Produce texts, both oral and written, adapted to audience and situation, in good Swedish and on a basic academical level

Evaluation skills and approach:

  • Discuss linguistic variation in the society from a basic academic perspective
  • Reflect on linguistic skills in both themselves and in others


The course consists of four compulsory courses: 1. Language Structure, 7,5 hp; 2. Text and talk, 7,5 hp; 3. Swedish in Time and Space, 7,5 hp; 4. To Speak and Write, 7,5hp.

1. Language Structure 7.5 hp

The course provides knowledge about the structure of the Swedish language. The student gains insights into the structure of the language as well as skills in linguistic structural analysis. Furthermore, the course introduces basic concepts for analyzing linguistic meaning.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • explain basic concepts in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics
  • apply basic methods of structural analysis of language

2. Text and talk 7.5 hp

The course covers texts and conversations from different theoretical perspectives. Basic concepts within text- and conversation analysis is introduced. The student practices their ability to apply different text- and conversation analytic methods.

Learning outcomes

  • Account for text- and conversation analytic concepts and methods
  • Apply text- and conversation analytic theories and methods
  • Discuss and evaluate the possibilities and limits of text- and conversation analysis

3. Swedish in Time and Space 7.5 hp

The course covers both contemporary and historical linguistic variation and change. The student gains knowledge about the history of the Swedish language, in particular after 1500, and about the language's social and regional variation. Furthermore, the student gains more insights into the Swedish linguistic community by analyzing texts from different time periods. The course also includes carrying out a small project and presenting it orally and in writing.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe and explain linguistic variation and change with regard to historical, social and regional factors, as well as factors of language policies
  • relate the history of the Swedish language, in particular from the 16th century onwards
  • critically discuss Sweden as a linguistic community

4. To Speak and Write 7.5hp

The student develops their language skills in speaking and writing by writing texts and giving presentations based on writing strategies and text planning. The course also include training in giving feedback on and editing text. The course builds on knowledge from previous courses through executing and presenting a small linguistic study.

Learning outcomes

  • Produce functional texts and presentations in good Swedish in speaking and writing, adapted to situation and audience
  • Execute a smaller linguistic study
  • Give feedback to other student's texts and presentations


Teaching is held in the form of lectures, lessons, seminars and group exercises. Compulsory elements and writing assignments are included.


The course examination is done through seminars and completing oral and written assignments and tests.

If there are special reasons, the examiner may make exceptions to the specified examination method and allow a student to be examined differently. Special reasons can, e.g., be notified of exceptional educational support from the university's coordinator.

Students who fail a regular examination will be offered a make-up examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination. Students who fail a certain examination twice may apply to the head of the department for permission to change examiners or form of examination.

To receive a grade of Pass with Distinction for the whole course, students must have achieved the grade of Pass with Distinction in components worth a total of at least 22,5 credits.

Other directives

Good knowledge of Swedish is required to pass the course. Contact the guidence councelor if you are unsure.