World of the VikingsSemester Course

Vikings & Power
Week-Long Study Tour
Core Course Week Study Tour
Major Discipline(s)
Core Course
Fall/Spring semester

In this course, we study the history and worldview of pre-Christian Scandinavians as reflected in medieval textual sources and in poems and artifacts from the Viking Age (793 to 1066 CE). We examine Norse society, political structures, gender ideals, religion, and mythology. Learn about Viking expansion, colonies, and conquests. An essential part of this interdisciplinary course is dedicated to medieval Icelandic sagas and how Vikings are portrayed in modern public history and contemporary popular culture.

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Literature, Religious Studies


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.