The VikingsSemester Course

Major Discipline(s)
History, Literature, Religious Studies
Course End Date Note
This course will last run in the semester of Spring 2020.
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

This is a course on the history, culture, and society of the Vikings. First, you study the history of the Vikings as reflected in medieval texts and poems from the Viking Age (approx. AD 800-1100). You also examine Viking religion and mythology. In the second part of the course, you look at Viking expansion, their colonies and conquests, relying on historical documents and literary sources to provide insight into the Viking world. Finally, you focus on the Swedish Vikings – their forays to the East, settlements in Russia, and what made them different from the ‘Western’ Vikings.


Kim Bergqvist

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD Candidate in History, Department of History/Centre for Medieval Studies, Stockholm University. Taught medieval history at Stockholm University (2012–16). MA in History, Stockholm University (2010). Visiting Scholar to Columbia University (2016), Cornell University (2014) and the University of Navarra, Spain (2012–13). ​Areas of specialization: medieval Scandinavia; medieval Iberia; comparative history; medieval literature; political culture; gender history; the history of emotions. With DIS since 2018.