KUMP1002 Culture as Concept and Phenomenon (5 cr)

Study level:
Basic studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of History and Ethnology
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024



During the course, students examine culture as a theoretical concept and its position, use and importance in people’s everyday lives and social activities, as well as communities as a unifying and a differentiating factor. In addition, students reflect on the importance of culture in shaping the relationship between past and present. The themes addressed are: culture as a phenomenon, cultural memory and its policies, cultural diversity, culture and the economy, artistic and cultural policy, cultural heritage and narrated culture.

Completion methods

Taught course. Independent work on written assignments is possible in special cases.

Assessment criteria

80% participation in teaching and written work or lecture exam. Independent work on written assignments or book exam.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student will:

  • understand the diversity of culture as an academic, political and guiding concept
  • understand the differences and commonalities in concepts of culture
  • be able to critically examine cultural phenomena and their significance and
  • have an idea of how cultural concepts are used in research within the framework of the degree programme and in related disciplines.

Study materials

The course coordinators will refer students to learning material.

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
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