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Witchcraft and Witches in the Early Modern Atlantic World

  • Number of credits 7.5 Credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Study form Web-based (online)
  • Starting Summer Term 2020

About the course

The course Witches and Witchcraft in the Early Modern Atlantic World explores the social and cultural history of witches and witchcraft in Europe and in the United States from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. The early modern witch-hunt has puzzled historians for decades. Why were more than 40,000 women and men executed for a fictitious crime, a crime that was imagined to be a combination of devil worship, cannibalism and sodomy? Why did the persecution of witches flare up in the period of the Renaissance and thrive during the Scientific Revolution? How can we understand and explain this witch craze? This course will explore these questions and the wide range of methodological approaches that have been used to answer them, such as gender theory, anthropology and psychoanalysis. Students will be encouraged to engage with these approaches critically. A selection of primary sources, such as witchcraft trials, will allow them to study the witch craze first-hand.

Application and eligibility

Witchcraft and Witches in the Early Modern Atlantic World, 7.5 hp

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Summer Term 2020 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


8 June 2020


30 August 2020

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Type of studies

Mixed, 50%, Distance

Number of mandatory meetings

No mandatory meetings.

Number of on campus meetings

No on campus meetings.

Outline for distance course

The course requires access to a computer with internet connection, as well as a webcam and a headset which can be connected to the computer.

Required Knowledge

90 ECTS courses in history, history of science and ideas, economic history, or a Bachelors degree (180 ECTS), or the equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A (IELTS (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 5.5 and no individual score below 5.0. TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test) with a minimum total score of 530 and a minimum TWE score of 4. TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) with a minimum total score of 72 and a minimum score of 17 on the Writing Section). Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.


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Application deadline was 16 March 2020. The application period is closed.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

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Contact person for the course is:
Elise Dermineur Reuterswärd