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Swedish Culture and Society for Managers

Swedish Culture and Society for Managers

Code: SWE8LF004
Extent: 3 ECTS (81 h)
Timing: Semester 2 - 7
Language: Swedish
Level: Joint professional studies
Type: Free-choice studies


The student has successfully completed the course Business Swedish, SWE1LF001.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the the course, the student

  • understands Swedish business culture deeper
  • knows more about Swedish business life
  • is able to participate in conversations concerning Swedish society
  • has some knowledge of Swedish art, literature, music and films
  • has acquired an increased vocabulary
  • is able to give presentations professionally in Swedish
  • has enhanced his/her HH3S competences as applicable to the course.

Course contents

The purpose of the course is to learn about Swedish culture and society through discussions and presentations.

  • Presentations concerning business culture and ordinary culture
  • Discussions about society and politics
  • Interviews with businesspeople

Cooperation with the business community

Visits to the Swedish Embassy and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. Interviews with people with experience of doing business with Sweden and Finland.

International dimension

International and global business approach to course themes and topics, contributions by multinational student groups and company cooperation.

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

Accreditation of prior learning is observed on the course according to separate instructions.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact hours
Role plays
Independent studies
Company visits
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Teacher with the main responsibility for the course

Britt-Marie Carlsson

Course materials

Provided by the teacher.

Assessment criteria

Grade/Learning Outcomes

1 (Min. 40%
competence level)
3 (Min. 70%
competence level)
5 (Min. 90%
competence level)
Knowledge The student knows the most basic things about Swedish society, such as the biggest companies, political parties, most famous historical persons and artists. The student can explain the main streams in Swedish business life, politics, culture and history. The student has an excellent knowledge of Swedish society and culture and is able to compare it with other cultures.He/she has an excellent knowledge of Swedish language.
Skills The student is able to assume the basic Swedish work practices with very basic language skills. The student can relatively well assume Swedish work practices and have satisfactory Swedish language skills. The student can independently take part in discussions concerning Swedish culture and society. He/she knows very well how to behave in a Swedish work place, and has excellent skills in Swedish language and is actively using it.
Competence The student  is able to complete tasks with the help of a supervisor in basic Swedish. The student shows poor service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student is able to relatively independently manage among Swedes in a Swedish environment. The student shows good service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student  is able to complete tasks very independently in a Swedish environment and has an excellent competence in Swedish language. The student shows excellent service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy.

Modes of assessment and their weights

Active participation 60%
Presentations and discussion 40%

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.