The Vikings in Europe and beyond ADED1838E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Using historical and archaeological evidence, this course (which can be taken online) follows the Vikings' movements throughout Europe, the Middle East and across the North Atlantic. Students will examine written sources, artefacts and archaeological sites to better understand how people lived and died during the Viking Age, as well as the legacy of the Vikings.


Block 1

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Mondays 18.00-20.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1 critique of a case study (c. 600-800 words) due in Week 6: 30%. 

1 essay of c. 2000 words due in Week 10 comparing and contrasting two key topics discussed in class: 70%.

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to:

■ Introduce students to the Viking movements in Europe, the Middle East and the North Atlantic

■ Illustrate the historical and archaeological evidence for the lives of people in the Viking world

■ Examine the Viking expansion on a wider scale than merely localised regions

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Discuss and interpret the basic archaeological and historical evidence for the Viking Age

■ Analyse the reasons behind the Viking Age expansion

■ Identify the areas in which the Vikings raided/settled, and discuss the nature of Viking lives in those areas and their interactions with other cultural groups.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.