Kurskod: LIVD02
Högskolepoäng: 7,5

Kurstillfälle: vårterminen 2024
Studiesätt: halvfart , distanskurs
Kursperiod: 2024-01-29 – 2024-04-14
Kursspråk: engelska
Anmälningskod: LU-E1001
Behörighet: Grundläggande behörighet samt 60 högskolepoäng i avslutade kurser inom humaniora eller samhällsvetenskap eller motsvarande.
Generellt undantag för kravet på kunskaper i svenska medges.

Introduktionsmöte: 2024-01-29 kl. 16.00 – 18.00

Lärare: Anders Mortensen


What was life in the "Viking Age" really like? How do we know? How has the image of the Vikings changed over time? Explore the historical sources and interpretations as well as the cultural significance of Vikings in art, film, and literature during the last two centuries, both in the Scandinavian countries and in the world at large. Join our online course and gain a comprehensive understanding of the enduring legacy of Viking culture.

Viking culture then

When did the Viking Age actually begin? Wood, turf, stone and daub – how did people live, and how were families organised? Power struggle, curiosity or greed? What were the incentives for Scandinavian expansion? What impact did the Scandinavians have on the Anglo-Saxon and Frankish kingdoms? These are some of the questions we will ask throughout the course, and you'll develop important skills in interpreting, comprehending, and discussing various types of contemporary sources in trying to answer them. This includes studying written materials like Old Norse literature, runic inscriptions, and chronicles, as well as examining archaeological evidence.

Vikings in modern culture

The course will also study how Viking culture has been portrayed in later forms of art and entertainment, such as literature, films, media, monuments, and cultural policies. Perceptions of "noble savagery", egalitarianism, and mindless barbarism in the Viking world will be contextualised and challenged. We'll pay special attention to its connection with the Romantic tradition and discuss works like Swedish author Esaias Tegnérs epic poem Frithiof's Saga (1825) but also more contemporary works like The Long Ships (Frans G. Bengtsson, 1941) and the film The Northman (Robert Eggers, 2022) as well recent TV-series featuring Viking topics. It's also worth noting that the modern understanding and spread of Viking culture have been subject to academic and political debates, and we'll explore these controversies as well.

By the end of the course, you'll have a comprehensive grasp of Viking culture and its significance throughout history and today.

Course format

This is a distance learning course using the learning platform Canvas, with online lectures over Zoom. You need access to a computer with internet connection, webcam, and a headset throughout the semester. The course will be conducted through online-based introductions, lectures, exercises, and approximately ten discussion seminars. It is mandatory to actively participate in more than half of the discussion seminars.


Kursen ges inte som fristående kurs nästa termin. Den kan vara öppen för anmälan inom program eller för utbytesstudenter. Kontakta din studievägledare för mer information.

Information om anmälan

Du anmäler dig till våra kurser och program på antagning.se. Där kan du sedan följa din anmälan och kontrollera att dina meriter registrerats. Det är även där du loggar in för att svara på ditt antagningsbesked.

Ansökningsperioden är mars–april för höstterminen och september–oktober för vårterminen.

Sen anmälan

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Kurser och program som har platser kvar, öppnar för sen anmälan efter första urvalet. Dessa utbildningar är märkta "Öppen för sen anmälan" på antagning.se.

International student?

Make your application in the First Admission Round at universityadmissions.se.

Application period October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Anmälnings- och studieavgifter för medborgare utanför EU/EES

Avgifterna gäller alltså inte dig som är medborgare i Sverige, något annat EU- eller ESS-land eller Schweiz. Läs mer om anmälnings- och studieavgifter.


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Sidansvarig: webmastersol.luse | 2020-06-15