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English Department

Literary Histories: Cultural Contexts (6 ECTS)



Bachelor Major (120 ECTS)

Bachelor Minor (60 ECTS)

Course Type(s)


Module Group English Literature


two-semester module, starting each fall


  • 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 This module will focus on the historical intersection, conflicts, and continuities between literary and other types of discourse (medical, juridicial, scientific, etc.; e.g. Utopian discourse in politics and literature, the concept of human rights in the novel and beyond, medical thought and disability narratives, voting rights and feminist literature, etc.).
Learning outcomes Students will be able to: (a) outline the key historical facts relevant to the topic of their course; (b) explain the interrelationship between this historical context and the primary texts discussed in class; (c) formulate sustained literary critical arguments that take into account the cultural and generic conventions of the time; (d) write mid-length literary critical essays; (e) present the findings of their literary critical and historical research 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.