INTLSTD 489 - Advanced topics in Comparative Culture and Identity
Section: 001 Crystal Ball of Modernity: Sweden's Path as a Global Comparison Case
Term: WN 2018
Subject: International Studies (INTLSTD)
Department: LSA II: International and Comparative Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
Enforced Prerequisites:
CICS 101 or INTLSTD 101.
Advisory Prerequisites:
CICS 301 or INTLSTD 301.
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines Sweden's path as a global comparison case. Why did Swedish society attract so much attention in the surrounding world from the 1930s through the 1970s? How have yesterday’s lingering images been transformed by today’s new themes? Friends and foes often view Sweden as a unique “case” with some message for their own countries, some turning her into a model of aspirations and others into a warning example to avoid. Admirers and detractors alike have also tended to see Sweden as the epitome of modernity, a place to spot glimpses of their own futures, hopeful or forlorn. Has either been right? What was actually the role of prominent features of the Swedish experience such as labor peace, consumer co-ops, modern architecture, “active neutrality”, welfare-state social-policies, social engineering, the efficiency craze, secularization, sexual liberty, alcohol and temperance, suicide? This course will apply a long-term historical and broadly comparative perspective to such questions.

INTLSTD 489 - Advanced topics in Comparative Culture and Identity
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (LEC)
W 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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