Programme Literature in Society. Europe and Beyond

In the specialisation Literature in Society. Europe and Beyond you will investigate how literature is connected to daily, lived experience, be it individual or collective.

Programme information

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Novels, poetry, theatre and the new literary media – whether belonging to ‘high’ or to ‘popular’ culture – mirror and reflect society and its tensions but also inform and shape them. That is why you will be studying literature from a thematic point of view, concentrating on key political and social issues like identity, migration, memory, and the metropolis, for instance.

Much modern literature in Western European languages stands on the crossroads between European and non-European cultures. Therefore, in all courses within this specialisation, literature will be studied in a transnational perspective.


Timetables and calendar

Prospectus: programme overview and course description

The Prospectus contains overviews and course details for all programmes in the Faculty of Humanities (and other faculties). The information in the Prospectus is updated annually, in June. Please consult the Literature in Society. Europe and Beyond section of the Prospectus for more information.

Application to programme, enrollment to courses and examinations

  • To enroll for a specific course or examination, use the Study administration system uSis.
  • This website is intended for students who are already enrolled in the programme. Prospective students looking for application information should consult unileidenmasters.nl.

Study advice

Every department (or degree programme) has a Co-ordinator of Studies (studiecoördinator). The Co-ordinator of Studies knows all the ins and outs of the programme and can help with any problems. Typical subjects to discuss with the Co-ordinator of Studies are: student progress (and delay) and exam regulations.

Graduation procedures

MA students who are ready to apply for their graduation should follow the graduation procedure. See the graduation website for more information about this procedure, the MA thesis, and how to deregister from Leiden University after graduation.

Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations

All the rights and obligations of students in the Humanities faculty are set out in regulations. The most important of these are indicated below. (The list is not exhaustive; more documentation on regulations may appear here in the future.)

  • Teaching and Examination Regulations state the contents of your programme and the specialisations within the programme.
  • Registration for lectures, tutorials and tests is obligatory: see the uSis registration procedure.
  • The Student Charter informs students about what they can expect from the University and what the University expects from them.
  • Regulations on plagiarism are in place, to counter any instances of malpractice. These regulations provide advice on how to use sources and citations.

Boards, committees, and co-participation

Students within the Faculty of Humanities, are represented in the following boards and committees:

  • the departmental Teaching Committee
  • the departmental or institute administration ór Institute Board
  • the Faculty Council
  • the Faculty Board

Another committee that is relevant to your studies, but in which students are not represented, is the Board of Examiners.

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Last Modified: 01-12-2016