Northern Europe: Society and Culture


World Cultures Europe Northern Europe: Society and Culture
Students explore the influence of geography on cultural and social elements of Northern Europe. They do a scavenger hunt to find the languages, religions, cultural activities, and cuisine of the region and connect those to the geographic location of the region. Then, they learn about the history of Scandinavian design and its relationship to geography, manufacturing, and urbanization. Finally, students consider their own geographic location and design a piece of furniture based on it.

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In this experience, students explore the influence of geography on cultural and social elements of Northern Europe. They do a scavenger hunt to find the languages, religions, cultural activities, and cuisine of the region and connect those to the geographic location of the region. Then, they learn about the history of Scandinavian design and its relationship to geography, manufacturing, and urbanization. Finally, students consider their own geographic location and design a piece of furniture based on it.

The countries of Northern Europe for this experience include Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.

Objectives:

  • Describe the cultural and societal features of Northwestern Europe including languages and religion.
  • Identify and describe Scandinavian design as a result of geographic influences and patterns.


What countries do you think of when you hear “Northern Europe”? If you were to travel there, what would you pack? What would you eat on your trip? Maybe you don’t know! In this experience, you’ll get the chance to explore the culture and society of Northern Europe and consider its connection to the geographical location.

Objectives:

  • Describe the cultural and societal features of Northern Europe including languages and religion.
  • Identify and describe Scandinavian design as a result of geographic influences and patterns.




Galdhøpiggen Mountain, Scandinavia




Based on the geographic location of Northern Europe, what can you conclude about some of the features of regular life there?

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Discuss student responses as a group. Be sure that students recognize that the region is cold, with short darker days in the winter, and that there is also a lot of water surrounding it. This influences how people spend time indoors and out, what they do for fun, and what they eat.


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