Course code: ILHB33
ECTS credits: 7.5

The Dean decides

  • The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology will temporarily transfer to distance teaching and examination by using the online platform Canvas or the tool Zoom. Exceptions are possible with consideration to e.g. group sizes. The change will occur starting March 18 2020 and will persist until the recommendations relating to the corona epidemic change.

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Study period: spring semester 2020
Type of studies: part time, 75 %, evening
Study period: 2020-01-22 – 2020-03-04
Language of instruction: English
Eligibility: General requirements for university studies in Sweden

Application code: LU-E5411

Application code: LU-71241

Teachers: David Bowling, Henrik Brissman, David Dunér, Bruno Hamnell, Jimmy Jönsson, Svante Nordin, Matthew Norris


his course gives you the opportunity to properly acquaint yourself with a selection of the main theoretical works in the Western tradition. At the same time, you will acquire a basic understanding of intellectual developments in the West from classical antiquity to the modern era. The readings introduce some of the most important ideas in the history of thought, including contributions to philosophy, religion, politics, and science. And, as you will discover, these texts are in many cases also wonderful pieces of writing and a pleasure to read. 

During the course, different approaches to the reading of theoretical texts will be discussed and evaluated, including close reading, historical contextualization, and various critical interpretations. Hence, the concept of the “classic” will be dealt with from both a critical and historical perspective. 

The ideas contained in these classics have been hugely influential and in many ways remain with us – which serves as a good reason why we should understand where they came from originally, and what problems they were intended to solve. These and other questions will be treated during the course. 



The course is not open for applications through / next semester. Please contact the department for more information!

How to apply

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Extended application deadline

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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.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

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EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

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