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Literature, Culture and Society (Literary Studies)
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Curious to find out if the Master's in Literature, Culture and Society really suits you? Find out through the information and activities below.

Master's Week: Meet & Ask

Discover which programme suits you best (and whether the UvA is right for you). Find out in our Meet & Ask sessions, during which there will be a short presentation and you will be able to ask lecturers and students all your questions live. Our next Meet & Ask session will take place in the UvA Master’s Week, on 9 November 17:00-18:00.

Spotlight on a course: How Literature Shapes Society

In this course you’ll investigate how literature, culture, and literary and cultural theory reflect a range of contemporary themes and issues. You’ll also be called on to think how literary and cultural production in turn informs social thought, opinions, and values. You are challenged to probe and analyse the connections between literature/culture and society, and analyse how literature and culture are essential to gaining key insights into social identities, processes and institutions, and how human groups create texts to make sense of their environment, and add meaning to their world via cultural production.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I enrol in a Master's if I have not yet completed my Bachelor's?

    We advise you not to wait until the registration deadline before enrolling in the Master's programme. The sooner you enrol, the sooner we can inform you about your admission. When you enrol, you are not required to immediately upload your degree certificate. If you have not yet obtained your degree certificate but are in possession of all the other application documents, you can go ahead and submit your enrolment. You will then have until 31 August to upload your Bachelor's degree. Please check out the Graduate School of Humanities website for the application procedure.

  • What are my options after graduation?

    After you have completed this programme, you can choose pursue an academic career or you can enter the job market. Please find more information on the 'Careers' page.

  • How do I go about finding housing in Amsterdam?

    Finding housing in Amsterdam is often difficult because of the high demand with regard to student accommodation, but by starting your search on time and putting in some effort, students usually succeed at finding something. Many students find accommodation by word of mouth or social media. Please check out the page below for all of our information related to finding housing.

  • Is it possible to do this programme in part-time?

    Yes, this programme can also be done in part-time mode of study. Part-time students obtain 30 ECTS per academic year, which equates to 12-18 ECTS per semester. You will attend the same lectures as full-time students. Your programme coordinator will deliberate with you regarding the composition of your study programme.

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Conspiracy theories in Eastern European popular culture

Many classic conspiracy theories concern the withholding of information from the public. In Central and Eastern Europe, however, suspicion is more commonly aimed at outside influences. Thanks to an ERC Starting Grant, Boris Noordenbos (Slavic Studies, Literary and Cultural Analysis) will spend the next few years researching how conspiracy theories in Eastern Europe are given shape in cultural expressions such as literature, film, television and online platforms.

Dr. Ronald de Rooij:

'Contemporary fictions like literature, film, or tv-series often give their audiences a deeper understanding of society than the non-fictional discourses offered by science or investigative journalism.'

Online campus tour

You will study Literature, Culture and Society in the University Quarter, in the bustling, historic heart of Amsterdam. Check out our virtual map and video tours of our buildings.