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English Department

Literary and Cultural Analysis: Introduction to Theory (6 ECTS)



Bachelor Major (120 ECTS)

Bachelor Minor (60 ECTS)

Course Type(s)


Module Group English Literature


two-semester module, starting each spring


  • written paper (80%)
  • learning portfolio (20%)
  • graded                                                        

Language of Instruction




Students are required to have passed an introductory module in literature at Bachelor-level. The level of English language skills required for this course should correspond to the level achieved on successful completion of the Language Skills and Culture introductory module.
Content In this module, students are introduced to one or two theoretical approaches and how these can be used for the analysis and interpretation of literary texts (e.g. feminism and gender studies, Marxism and cultural materialism, from structuralism to poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, etc.).
Learning outcomes Students will be able to: (a) outline the key theoretical concepts relevant to the topic of their course; (b) comment on - and position themselves within - major controversies surrounding these terms; (c) formulate sustained literary critical arguments that employ and engage with some of these core concepts; (d) write mid-length literary critical essays; (e) present the findings of their literary critical research and theoretical explorations in other formats (e.g. short input papers, posters, visual essays, short presentations, leading a class discussion, etc.); (f) engage in open and constructive academic debates with their peers; (g) list a number of useful techniques to read and understand difficult secondary texts.