Course code: PAND01
Swedish title: Pestens tid: Historiska och existentiella perspektiv på pandemier
ECTS credits: 7.5

Due to the announcement from the Swedish Government issued May 29th, that returning to campus-based education is possible from June 15th, the following applies to teaching at the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology during the autumn semester:

  • Due to the ongoing corona (COVID-19) pandemic and the restrictions that have been issued, the courses taught this autumn will have a limited number of meetings on campus, depending on the availability of suitable lecture rooms. The major part of the teaching will take place online. Detailed information on what is the case for your course will be given below.
  • If the teaching is campus-based, there will be assigned entry and exit passages for each teaching room regarding stairwells, corridors and entrances (doorways). Please be considerate and follow the instructions to the point. Hand disinfectant will be available in all lecture halls and group rooms.

Please make sure we can reach you – check if your email address in Ladok is correct:

Please pay attention to the start time of your teaching. The stated time in your course schedule is valid.

Study period: autumn semester 2020
Type of education: only online
Type of studies: part time, 50 %, distance course
Study period: 2020-08-31 – 2020-10-30
Language of instruction: Swedish
Application code: LU-37771
Eligibility: General requirements for university studies in Sweden


Förkortningen COVID-19 hamnade plötsligt på allas läppar. På kort tid sattes stora delar av världen i karantän. Förutom alla direkta dödsoffer, som åtminstone räknas i hundratusentals, så är de samhälleliga och folkhälsorelaterade skadeverkningarna av detta globala undantagstillstånd svåra att överblicka. Syftet med Pestens tid: Historiska och existentiella perspektiv på pandemier är att belysa epidemiska farsoter i ett brett historiskt, religionsvetenskapligt och kulturellt sammanhang.

Kursen behandlar mer specifikt västerlandets historia under det senaste millenniet med utgångspunkt i medeltiden och då särskilt den apokalyptiska digerdöden under 1300-talet. Således anläggs ett långt kulturhistoriskt perspektiv på hur pandemier tolkats under olika perioder i historien. Men kursen diskuterar också existentiella frågor, exempelvis fördelning av skuld och ansvar, etiska dilemman och religiösa och sekulära tolkningar av pandemier.

Kursen är tematiskt uppdelad i tre delar. Den första behandlar pandemier ur ett historiskt perspektiv med ett särskilt fokus på digerdöden. Den andra berör farsoter ur ett religionsvetenskapligt perspektiv, och den tredje sätter fokus på konstnärliga gestaltningar av pandemier i litteratur och film.


The course is not open for applications through / next semester. Please contact the department for more information!

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions