Courses & Credit

Semester in Sweden

4 Gustavus course credits, plus a January Interim credit. All students take five courses.

Each course stands on its own, but material from each course will be woven throughout the entire semester and intersect with content in the other courses.

Grades appear on Gustavus transcripts and count towards a student’s cumulative GPA.

  • Sweden Today Seminar: Tradition and Change (January IEX credit; SCAN students may receive SCAN credit)
  • The Sami, The Indigenous People of the North (GLOBL credit; SCAN students may receive SCAN credit)
  • Nordic Politics (SOSCI credit; SCAN students may receive SCAN credit)
  • Sweden: Climate, Energy, and Environment (NASP credit)
  • Cultural Diversity in Sweden (SOSCI credit; SCAN students may receive SCAN credit)
  • Swedish language credit may also be available for eligible students.

Courses

IDS 221 The Sami: The Indigenous People of the North (1 course)

This course for the Semester in Sweden program will enable students to learn about the Sami, the indigenous people living today mainly in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and on the Kola Peninsula in Russia. Students will live in Swedish Samiland for a major part of the course and, through texts and experiential activities, will explore the historical, cultural, economic, political, and religious contexts of Sami life with guidance from on-site instructors. Attendance in early February at the Jokkmokk Winter Conference on climate change, energy, and sustainable development, and at the traditional Sami Winter Market (an event that has been held annually since the early 1600s) will be significant experiences of the course. GLOBL. Scandinavian Studies credit.

IDS 222 Nordic Politics (1 course)

This course for the Semester in Sweden program is an introduction to the history, culture, and politics of Sweden and the Nordic countries. Course topics include historical and economic developments, ethnic relations and national unity, the place of religion in the Swedish state, and contemporary political issues in Sweden and the Nordic region. Students will be introduced to and utilize ethnography as a social science research methodology to gather data on one aspect of the Semester in Sweden program themes. SOSCI may be met through successful completion of this course and IDS 2XX, Cultural Diversity in Sweden. Scandinavian Studies credit.

IDS 223 Sweden: Climate, Energy, and Environment (1 course)

This course for the Semester in Sweden program examines the current and past physical environment of Sweden and explores Swedish responses towards environmental change. A focus on recent climate change and Sweden’s response to this complex and politically contentious topic will be coupled with learning to use and examine data in assessing physical, political, and social changes that have occurred in Sweden as the climate has changed. Students will learn about the geologic forces that shaped the Swedish landscape, apply geologic principles to understand past events that have shaped the physical environment of Sweden, and learn to read the earth for evidence of previous periods of climate and other physical changes. Students will evaluate the role of natural and human activities on earth’s climate, compare Swedish and U.S. responses to address climate change, and critically examine current practices and policies in both countries. NASP.

IDS 220 Sweden Today Seminar: Tradition and Change. (1 course)

This integrative course in the Semester in Sweden program assists students in shaping connections among and reflecting on the courses and on-site experiences offered in this semester program. Course content explores significant issues and events in contemporary Sweden through course materials, program activities, and personal encounters. A substantial amount of group discussion, writing, and public presentations are required, culminating in a final integrative project designed by the student with approval by the faculty leader. IEX. Scandinavian Studies credit.

IDS 224 Cultural Diversity in Sweden. (1 course)

In this course for the Semester in Sweden program, students will examine the ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity that exists in 21st century Sweden. Over the past 50 years, Sweden has been transformed by an influx of refugees and other immigrants attracted by the positive notions of Swedish egalitarian values and aided by Swedish immigration laws. Students will examine global migration patterns, learn about different minority cultures within Sweden, and consider questions of national identity, racism, and discrimination. Through readings, discussion, and conversations with “traditional” and “new” Swedes, students will critically engage with concepts of nationalism and social inequality. Students will be introduced to and utilize ethnography as a social science research methodology to gather data on one aspect of the Semester in Sweden program themes. SOSCI may be met through successful completion of this course and IDS 222 Nordic Politics. Scandinavian Studies credit.