This course is divided into two modules, “Cultural Studies in English” and “Islands in Literature.” Both modules are theme courses based on a specific subject area, and include reading of both theoretical and literary texts. During the course students work with practical textual analysis and formulate and develop arguments in relation to the subject area.
Module 1, “Cultural Studies in English”
Cultural studies is a complex field that is becoming more and more important for the study of literature. This module introduces the concept of Cultural Studies and discusses how culture functions, how it negotiates reality, history and personal and national identity and how it relates to politics and power. During the module, we will study critical theory and a number of cultural products and speculate on how culture transforms the way we understand the past and think about ourselves and the world we live in.
Module 2, “Islands in Literature”
What do texts like The Tempest, Robinson Crusoe and The Island of Dr. Moreau have in common? One thing that they share is their setting: an island. Islands have played a significant role in the history of Western literature, often acting as powerful symbols for the beliefs, anxieties and desires of people in Europe and beyond. This module examines islands as a literary motif in a series of canonical texts, but it also theorizes islands from the point of view of postcolonical and ecocritical cultural theory. Since islands have often been sites of colonial expansion and exploitation, they, and their representation in Western literature, have been symbolic sites of power and resistance between humans as well as between humans and nature.
To study on a distance education will give you different opportunities than on-campus teaching. It means that, to a large extent, you will be able to plan your studies yourself, both in terms of time and place.
However, keep in mind that most distance education includes a number of compulsory digital lectures and digital seminars during the weekdays. Some distance education also include compulsory get-togethers, for which you will have to travel to Växjö or Kalmar.
There are a number of different ways to be a distance student, the common denominator being that a large part of your study work is carried out on the web. You communicate with the teacher and your fellow students using a learning platform with discussion forums, group work, recorded lectures or video meetings using a web cam.