During the first semester, you will primarily expand your knowledge of methods, theories and concepts in critical studies of literature, but also your knowledge of other cultural phenomena from the English-speaking world. Courses on the programme aim to strengthen your multidisciplinary understanding of culture and cultural forms, and to increase your interpretative ability. The emphasis is on the role that class, ethnicity, gender and other parameters play in the production and reception of knowledge and culture. Throughout the programme, forms of literature, culture, and society are studied, and the themes of text and crisis are explored. In addition, the study of academic English in the field of literature and cultural studies is deepened, with a focus on you writing your own texts. These studies prepare you for the Master’s dissertation that you will write in your second semester. In addition to this, the programme also includes the opportunity for thematic in-depth study with an elective course and an individualised reading course that you develop with your supervisor, focusing on literature and issues relevant to the research and writing of your dissertation.