Swedish as an academic subject is focused on the Swedish language and its potential for expression, variation, and change.
The subject also covers issues related to language learning and communication in general, such as children’s acquisition of written language and the difference between spoken and written communication. The subject includes discussion of the norms and attitudes that exist in relation to different types of language usage and societal factors that influence language use.
Studying Swedish means both increased theoretical insights and enhanced practical skills. The subject is therefore equally well suited as the core of a linguistic or pedagogical education and as a complement to other studies and professions.
The academic subject Swedish studies the structure of the Swedish language in itself and as compared to other languages. A more markedly contrastive perspective, both linguistically and culturally, can be found in Swedish as a second language.
Swedish as part of Teacher Education
It is possible to take subject courses in Swedish to achieve subject teacher qualifications. In order to teach higher grades, you also need to study Comparative Literature. Please contact the student counsellor if you want to find out more about ways in which independent courses can be combined to achieve subject teacher qualifications.
Swedish is also one of the subjects included in the teacher training programmes, where courses in Swedish combine studies in the Swedish language and Comparative Literature. Karlstad University offers teacher education for all levels of school (preschool, elementary school, and high school), and it is possible to study on campus or choose distance study. Find more information here: Teacher education