Course code: HISB20
Swedish title: Historia: Det nukleära 1900-talet
Credits: 5

Study period: autumn semester 2023
Type of studies: part time, 25 %, distance course
Study period: 2023-10-09 – 2024-01-14
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-31005
Eligibility: General requirements

Course coordinator: Mikael Ottosson
Teachers: Anton Öhman


Do you want to learn more about the history of nuclear technology and its uses in the late 20th century and how social, cultural, and political dynamics respectively shape its designs and uses?


The Nuclear 20th Century introduces several aspects of the history of nuclear technology focusing on the late 20th century, when the nuclear weapons and power expressed an ambiguous state of utopian hope and dystopian despair. During the decades following the end of the Second World War, nuclear technologies had political, cultural, and material consequences across the globe. 

The Nuclear 20th Century offers an overview of nuclear humanities, familiarizing the student with some of the major themes and issues in Science and Technology Studies (STS), environmental history, and cultural history. The course draws on an interdisciplinary body of humanities and social science literature, mixing theoretical material with more empirically oriented studies through a mix of classics, new scholarship, and guest lectures from leading scholars.

The course is relevant for history or social science teachers, technicians, and people in international relations and foreign administration. It can also be of interest to a broad public that wants to learn about “the nuclear” in history.

Further information

All teaching on the course is remote. There is no requirement for meetings in Lund. The course runs at 25 % pace and can be combined with other engagements.

The study environment

The Department of History in Lund is one of the country's largest research environments in history, with research from the early middle ages to contemporary history. Prominent researchers will teach you on all our courses. The department is located at LUX, Lund University’s well equipped Humanities and Theology centre, and as a distance student, you will get access to our modern research library.


This course is not open as a freestanding course next semester. It can be open for application within a programme or for students in an exchange programme. Please ask your academic advisor for 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

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