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Linköping University International Summer Academy Course Overview

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Each course has a limited number of places. This not only ensures a high quality experience in the classroom as students' learning potential is maximized, but it also enables close contact between students and teachers and other staff members.

Entry Requirements: To meet the general entry requirements, students must have completed 1 year full-time studies (passed 60 ECTS credits or equivalent upon application) from one of Linköping University’s partner universities.


Exploring Sweden, the Anthropological WayHelp discover us!

7.5 ECTS

On the surface Sweden may look like any other country. Swedes do, of course, have a lot in common with people elsewhere, but there are also peculiar dimensions to life in Sweden. This course will help you unravel at least some of the outlandishness of Sweden by doing fieldwork. Topics could be: life careers, from youth to parenting to old age and beyond; expressions of Swedishness, multiculturality and subcultures; work and leisure, and the values of gardening and the wilderness. Does this sound familiar – or exotic? Well, exoticism is in the eye of the beholder, and you might find hidden dimensions that we are unaware of.

The course is also an introduction to anthropological fieldwork, the qualitative ethnographic research method that is characteristic of social and cultural anthropology. It’s a ‘hands on’ course that combines practice with theory. Guided by teachers, you will plan, carry out, and report an ethnographic project located in Linköping.

The course also aims to encourage you to reflect over the research process, and on questions of culture and national identity, based on the data you and the other participants create in Linköping.

Number of student places: 24

Syllabus 2019: Click to open PDF

Course Coordinator: Björn Alm

Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Implementation for Improved Health CareProblem based learning in action

7.5 ECTS

Health care is a knowledge intense sector, constantly shifting in relation to new evidence and internal and external incentives. Thus, individuals, teams, and organisations adopting an entrepreneurial approach can facilitate health care improvements, including strategies for knowledge implementation in clinical practice. While Sweden has a long history of entrepreneurship, there is also an increased focus on glocal knowledge implementation research, that is, innovative projects at a global and local level.

This course enables students to study entrepreneurship and knowledge implementation, considering the health care organisation in their own country as well as the Swedish context. Students will learn of both practical tools and theories of entrepreneurship and knowledge implementation, with authentic cases from contemporary research to illustrate. While the course is influenced by problem-based pedagogy, it employs lectures, seminars, workshops, readings, and student presentations to support learning.


Number of student places:25

Syllabus 2019: Click to open PDF

Course coordinators: 
Margit Neher
Charlotte Norrman

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in a Swedish contextWoman with mac

7.5 ECTS

Innovation and entrepreneurship are considered keys to success in many industries. For decades Sweden has been a global leader in innovation, and many well-known inventions such as the ball bearing, safety match and dynamite, and innovative firms such as Ericsson and SKF got their start here. More recent innovative Swedish firms are Spotify and Skype.

This course enables students to study innovation and entrepreneurship in a Swedish context. Students will get knowledge of international state-of-the-art research and theories of entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition, students discuss examples based on case studies of Swedish and international firms. The course is organised in lectures, seminars, case studies, readings and student presentations.

Number of student places: 30

Syllabus 2019: Click to open PDF

Course Coordinator: Solmaz Filiz Karabag

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Leadership and Organisational Behaviour in Contemporary Organisations

7.5 ECTS

People are the key resources in organisations and good leadership may help to mobilise, guide and inspire their actions. Leadership is about lifting people’s vision to high goals, raising their own performance and their contribution to organisational performance.

This course provides students with knowledge on how people behave in organisations and the role of leadership in contemporary organisations. The course offers an interdisciplinary perspective and provides students with insights into international state-of –the-art theories of organisational behaviour and leadership, and practical cases and examples of Swedish and international firms. The students will also be encouraged to reflect on their own behaviours and prerequisites for becoming a leader. The course is organised in lectures, seminars, case studies, readings and student presentations.

Number of student places: 30

Syllabus 2019: Click to open PDF

Course Coordinator: Dag Swartling

Nanotechnology - Sustainable Challenges and Social Impact

7,5 ECTSkiselkarbid

Nanotechnology involves the development of materials at nanometre size (1 billionth of a meter), far smaller than the human eye can see. The technology allows people to engineer materials atom-by-atom, to give them unique properties desired for advanced technological products. Nanotechnology has emerged as a versatile platform that can provide efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally acceptable solutions to the global sustainability challenges that are crucial for society and human life.

The overall aim of this course is to acquaint students with the concept of nanoscience and technology, without becoming embroiled in details of the scientific principles and mathematics. The course will explore recent technological advances in several hot topics with strong application aspects for sustainability. Some particular societal and business perspectives related to entrepreneurship, commercialization, challenges and the translation from early innovation stage to market will also be addressed. The course will discuss the benefits and risks of nano products, and will look at how nanotechnology may have a significant impact on the sustainable development of society.

Number of student places: 30

Syllabus 2019: Click to open PdF

Course coordinators:
Wei-Xin Ni

Jens Birch

Mikael Syväjärvi


The Use (and Abuse) of CultureBild the ause and abuse of culture

7,5 ECTS

Culture is everywhere, although it comes in different guises. In many contemporary conflicts culture serves as both the weapon and what’s at stake. For example, in their critique of Islamist terrorism, right-wing extremists across Europe and North America argue that ‘western’ culture is both what is under threat and what should be used to defeat the ‘enemy’. In more general terms, culture can be understood as the larger systems of meaning that are created and maintained by individuals, groups and public institutions. The course “Use (and Abuse) of Culture” is an introduction to cultural analysis, providing critical perspectives on these systems and how they function in an increasingly complex social and political landscape.

The concept of culture is also closely connected to notions of knowledge and truth. The course discusses what knowledge is, and how it is produced, circulated and consumed. Individuals as well as organisations and institutions are all producers of information and disinformation, but are there any differences regarding their claims to truth? This question has recently led to a proliferation of terms such as “post-truth”, “alternative facts” and “fake news”. Knowledge (and culture) can be used and abused, and it is also increasingly viewed as a commodity — as something that can be bought and sold. The course ties this changing role of culture and knowledge to what is often labelled the post-industrial society, describing a societal development that has transitioned from traditional industries to a growing creative industries sector.

The course offers a combination of lectures, seminars and field trips to museums and local sites that in different ways illustrate the use and abuse of culture in contemporary society.

Number of student places: 30

Syllabus 2019: Click to open PDF

Course coordinators:

Mattis Karlsson, Kristin Wagrell

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Last updated: 2019-01-29