Literary Studies: Literature and Culture, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • 21010
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • German
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The Master's programme Literature and Culture caters to students whose interests and academic backgrounds are in literary studies and European culture in the broad sense.

The programme offers students the opportunity to pursue specialised study of a major European literature, e.g.: English, French, German, Italian, Scandinavian, Slavonic or Spanish literature; Comparative Literature. Furthermore, the programme also gives participating students the opportunity to explore the interrelations of literature with other kinds of cultural objects, such as films, digital media and the visual arts. In the Master's programme Literature and Culture, the term 'European' refers to the European-influenced globe as opposed to just merely a designated continent. This can be seen in the programme courses, which frequently engage with the cultures of regions such as the French Maghreb, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Canada and the United States. Although students follow one of the specialised trajectories, it is also possible to combine courses from two or more other specialisations, and thereby carry out comparative research projects. For example, student can opt for the literature of a specific language area and combine this with courses in Literary Studies.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

How Literature Shapes Society: Writing, Canon Formation, and (Post)National Identities

In this course, we focus on the intriguing relations by 1) revisiting well-know and contemporary literary classics, 2) analyzing processes of canon formation and cultural transformation and 3) reconsidering the link between literature and national self-image in a post-national age. Rather than exploring how societal developments shape literature, we thus explore the ways in which literature shapes society – in the past as well as in the present – and (re)assess the potential of literary studies in contemporary times.

Language in Use: Acquisition and Variation

The general part of the course is complemented by a language specific course offered in the target language of specialisation (except for Scandinavian and Slavonic which are taught in English or Dutch), in which the students of the two programmes meet. In the course language acquisition (e.g. second language acquisition compared to first language acquisition, bilingualism) and language use and variation (e.g. standard language vs regional varieties; oral vs spoken language; variation in morphology and syntax, pronunciation and lexicon) are discussed. Course assignments focus on the language of specialisation of the students; the selection of topics can be adjusted to the students specific interests.

L2 in the classroom

The course will provide students with an overview of approaches in second language pedagogy, past and present (e.g. grammar-translation approach; lexical approach; task-based learning and teaching; content-based learning). Students will also examine a number of features of second language pedagogy, including the role of motivation, individual learner variables, error correction, language learning strategies. A second goal of the course is to study a number of approaches developed for the analysis of language in use, including, among others, conversation analysis, and discourse analysis, particularly with respect to teacher-student and student-student interactions, focusing on how the participants in an interaction establish and maintain mutual understanding. On completion of the course, students will be able to critically evaluate approaches and methods of teaching second languages. They will also be able to critically evaluate current research on second language methodologies and classroom discourse and analyze the key principles and approaches underlying a range of language teaching materials. Course assignments focus on the target language of specialisation of the students.

Language of instruction: English

Cultural Literacies

Literature plays an important role in educational institutions as well as in our understanding of what it means to be educated: for centuries, literature – and cultural in general – has been associated with intellectual training and skills, Bildung, and citizenship. This course focuses on the practical and conceptual ties between literature and education by addressing questions such as: how does one ‘teach’ literature? And what is it that literature teaches us? Course assignments focus on the target language of specialisation of the students.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Credits (ECTS)
    60 ECTS
  • Duration full-time 12 months
  • Languages
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Full-time

Academic Requirements

The Master's in Literature and Education is open for application to all students with a Bachelor’s degree from the UvA or another (foreign) accredited university with a focus on literature, in:

  • One of the languages the candidate wishes to specialise in with at least 15-20 credits in linguistics and 15-20 credits in literature.

  • Literary studies, with at least 30 credits in language acquisition and 15-20 credits in linguistics and/or literature of the language the candidate wishes to specialise in and a Bachelor’s thesis in or on the language the candidate wishes to specialise in.

  • European Studies, with at least 30 credits in language acquisition and 15-20 credits in linguistics and literature of the language the candidate wishes to specialise in and a Bachelor’s thesis in or on the language the candidate wishes to specialise in.

The level of the Bachelor’s degree from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the examination board). It is not possible to apply to this program with a degree from a (Dutch) University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 21010 International
  • EUR 1984 EEA
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