English, Writers and Contexts, advanced level, 7.5 credits (711A13)

English, Writers and Contexts, advanced level, 7.5 hp

Course description

This course provides an in-depth orientation in literary theory and method. It deals with English literature in its social, historical and political contexts. The literary works are read in dialogue with a number of theoretical and critical literary perspectives. The course may be counted towards the English Magister (1st year Master’s) course, 60 credits.

Main field of study



Second cycle

Course type

Single subject course


Nigel John Musk

Course coordinator

Nigel John Musk

Director of studies or equivalent

Lars Liljegren

Available for exchange students

Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
Single subject course (One-quarter-time, Day-time) Spring 2020 v202004-202023 English Linköping
Single subject course (One-quarter-time, Day-time) Spring 2020 v202004-202023 English Linköping

Main field of study


Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

  • Completed English basic, intermediate and in-depth courses with a minimum of 70 ECTS credits approved, including all language proficiency or equivalent
    (Exemption from Swedish)

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should on an advanced level be able to
- have acquired a deepened understanding of English Literature as well as of several schools of critical theory and literary criticism;
- integrate and apply their understanding of literary and critical theory to literary texts in English;
- demonstrate, in an independently written paper, their knowledge of literary theory and ability to apply this to literary texts; 
- consistently follow the accepted norms for academic writing in linguistics in terms of structure, citation and referencing;
- use correct and suitable language for academic writing in English.

Course content

This is an advanced-level course in English Literature with a particular focus on social, historical and political contexts. The course examines literary texts in English, from different literary and historical epochs, in dialogue with a number of critical theories dealing with power and society (such as Marxism, Feminism, Postcolonialism, Critical Sociology, and Poststructuralism).

Teaching and working methods

Teaching takes the form of prepared seminars and independent study.


This course is examined through a combination of written assignments and a final paper. Further information about the form and content of the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.


Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


Institutionen för kultur och samhälle


WCEX Writers & Contexts U, G, VG 7.5 credits

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