Literature and Society

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
Analyzing the interaction between literature and society. Deze opleiding wordt in het Engels gedoceerd; de informatie hieronder is daarom in het Engels (this programme is taught entirely in English).

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typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
L&S: Engels wordt in het Engels gedoceerd (this programme is taught entirely in English).

How does literature react to major changes in society? Think of the attacks on the Twin Towers and the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. In our courses you will discover how literature can also cause social change. A famous example is Uncle Tom's Cabin, which played an important role in the abolition of slavery. Literature has the power to change readers' ways of looking at the world. The novel 1984 raised concerns over government surveillance of its citizens. In other words, literature is not positioned at a remove from society, but at its very center. Studying English literature therefore also entails studying the major social developments in various English-speaking countries.

The focus of our programme is on the interactions between literature and society, and literature and visual culture. You will read canonical British works, and also explore contemporary novels from different English-speaking countries. In our courses, you will analyze these texts from two cutting-edge perspectives: English literature in a changing world, and English literature in a visual culture.
Literature & Society

Waarom aan de Amsterdam VU?

VU Amsterdam is known as a high-quality university with a social heart. You will benefit from the personal atmosphere and easy access to all facilities due to our campus setting, and still have the vibrant city of Amsterdam – including its museums, libraries and bars – close at hand.


taal van onderwijs100% en
excursion, group discussion, group assignment, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, poster presentation, project, seminar, internship, exhibition, tutorial, working group, self evaluation, self study
study abroad
Within the BA English Literature and Society, we recommend our students to study abroad in the first semester of the third year.
Not only do you learn to study literature from different perspectives, but you also improve you language skills and knowledge about the culture of the country that you're residing in. The VU offers exchange possibilities with other universities in the U.K., the U.S. and Australia. If you have exceptional marks, you have a chance, as a student English Literature and Society, to receive a Harting Scholarship, which gives you the oppertunity to study a whole academic year in the U.K.

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  • minimaal 42 EC in de eerste 12 maanden

A minimum of 42 EC including the course Academic Skills.
honours-/excellence program Honours Programme

Are you talented and motivated? Then the VU Honours Programme offers you the opportunity to invest more in your own area of study and to broaden your horizon.

Why should you join? The reasons for participation can differ from academic curiosity, intellectual challenge, broadening and deepening your knowledge, contact with like-minded students (also from other faculties), the creative and interdisciplinary learning environment or the fact that you will stand out from your peers with an honours degree. Because most courses are taught in English participation in this programme will also improve your English.

The Honours Programme is designed for students who have passed all of their first-year Bachelor's subjects by the end of that year, who have achieved an average mark of 7.5 and who have the motivation to take extra subjects in the second and third year of their programme. You will be able to earn an extra 30 credits in addition to the 180 credits on the standard Bachelor's programme with extra faculty courses and interdisciplinary courses without extra tuition fees.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend

International applicants will be asked to submit the following documents:
  • Transcript(s) of records (e.g. High School grade list)
  • Curriculum Vitae (your personal details, previous education and any relevant work experience in approximately one A4 page)
  • Copy of valid passport
  • English language test results (if already obtained)

toelaatbare profielen
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vwo E&Mtoelaatbaar
vwo N&Gtoelaatbaar
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registration fee

estimated monthly costs

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424kamerhuur in Amsterdamboven landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1292totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


104 studenten volgen deze opleiding
76% daarvan is vrouw
35 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
66% daarvan is vrouw
22864 studenten aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
58% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


K.L.I.C.H.é (Kunst, Literatuur, Interdisciplinair, Communicatie, Historie, et cetera) is de studievereniging voor alle studenten van de afdelingen Kunst & Cultuur, Literatuur & Cultuur en Taal & Communicatie. K.L.I.C.H.é organiseert verschillende activite

Op kamers in Amsterdam

115129studenten studerend
47168studenten woonachtig   
€ 424gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Hana Abukar
Graduate in Literature and Society

Studying literature took my love and appreciation for reading to another level. I was able to make sense of the world around me through rich experiences brought to me in covers from distant lands. Suddenly the world around me didn't seem so small, and I can honestly say that each text, academically approached or not, functioned like a visa or an expressway to a different enriched self.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Literature and Society aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is beoordeeld door 34 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.3 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Each year, our graduates choose from a range of different career paths.
Our graduates become high school teachers; work in translation and editing; become organizers of literary festivals; work in the publishing industry; become researchers both within academia (who write a Ph.D. dissertation after completing a Research master's degree) and work for cultural institutions, government agencies, or NGOs. If you are considering further education, a BA in Literature and Society will qualify you to enroll in a number of Master's programs.

aansluitende masteropleidingen

Amsterdam VUEducatie in de Taal en Cultuurwetenschappengeen aanvullende eisen
Amsterdam VULiterature & contested spaces researchgeen aanvullende eisen
Universiteit LeidenLeraar VHO in Engels educational+ 60 EC pre-master
Amsterdam UVALerarenopleiding Engels educational+ 60 EC pre-master

Potentiële beroepen

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Rosa Vijftigschild


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