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.
Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.
Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.
Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.