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Literature in Society - Society in Literature

This minor explores the complex and fascinating interrelations between literature and society. How does literature shape society, and how is society shaped by literature? We will approach these questions from both a contemporary and historical angle, drawing on the rich past and present literatures of Europe and the Americas.

Key questions: What is the value of literature for people? How objective are canons? How does literature address and impact societal change, especially in times of crisis and processes of emancipation?
Coordinators: Dr. Ivo Nieuwenhuis (ivo.nieuwenhuis@ru.nl)

If you want to know more about the fixed components and the electives within this minor, you can watch the extended version of the video here.


Fixed components

Here you can find more information about the think tank, an individual internship at a company or organisation and a research internship.


Electives (20 EC)

In addition to the fixed components, you'll also enroll in courses for a total 20 EC. You can choose between two options:

  1. You can choose a disciplinary package. In this package you can choose courses of one degree programme for a total of 20 EC. More information on the disciplinary packages can be found here.
  2. You can choose courses from the interdisciplinary package of the minor Literature in Society – Society in Literature for a total of 20 EC. In this package you will find courses from the Faculty of Arts that allow you to focus on specific aspects of literature and society.

Please note:

  • If you want to include a course in the elective space of the minor which is not included in the package or want to take a minor elsewhere (at another faculty or university), you must send a substantiated request to the Examination Board at least six weeks before the start of the course. If you want to include a different course in your interdisciplinary package, the Examination Board will check whether this course is indeed related to the theme of the minor and in case of (a change in) a disciplinary package, whether there is disciplinary coherence.
  • The courses marked with LUISTERTAAL are also open to Lingua Receptiva students (“luistertaal”). Lingua Receptiva means that students who have sufficient receptive knowledge of German/French/Spanish to be able to read texts and follow lectures, but whose speaking and writing skills might not be good enough, are given the opportunity to do the assignments, presentations and (oral) exams in Dutch or English. If you are interested and think you have sufficient receptive skills, please contact the coordinator of the course. Click here for a receptive skills test German and here for a receptive skills test French and here for a receptive skills test Spanish.
  • It is not possible to account for each student’s timetable when scheduling the courses for the disciplinary and interdisciplinary packages. This means you will only be able to take a course if your timetable permits. If you encounter any difficulties planning which minor courses to take, please consult you study advisor.