spring 2021
ENG-3196 Literature and Justice - 10 ECTS

Last changed 21.10.2020

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for courses offered in the autumn semester and 1 December for the courses offered in the spring semester. 

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for courses offered in the autumn semester and 1 October for courses offered in the spring semester.

Type of course

This course is intended for students in the MA programme in English literature and students in the MA programme in teacher education year 8-13 (lektorutdanning trinn 8-13, studieretning engelsk). This course may be taken as a single course by students who meet the admission requirements for the MA programme in English Literature.

This course fulfils the Literature and Society requirement for the MA in English literature.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS), or equivalent qualification, in English literature, or a degree combining English literature and a closely-related discipline (minimum 80 ECTS in English). An average grade equivalent to C or better in the English coursework (80 ECTS) is required.

Application code: 9371 - Enkeltemner på masternivå (Nordic applicants).

Course content

Literature is an institution per se, as is justice, and these two institutions enact each other in complex ways. Justice appears in many forms from divine right and religious ordainment, to metaphysical imperative and natural law, to national jurisdiction, social order, human rights and civil disobedience. What is just and right has varied in time and place, in war and peace. A sense of justice appears inextricable from human concerns of ethics and morals. Literature includes a vast range of writing from holy texts to banned books. Parts of literature, particularly in the past, have laid down the law. In more recent history literature has gradually assumed radical roles of critique, subversion and transformation of the existing law and order, in contents, themes, language and form. This course studies and conducts seminal research into texts that have disclosed, challenged and changed the remits of justice, law and order.

Objectives of the course

The students have the following learning outcomes:


  • The student has advanced knowledge of various concepts of justice.
  • The student has profound insight into how the institution of literature relates critically, radically and transformatively to paradigms of justice.
  • The student has comprehensive expertise in the texts on syllabus, and how they relate to their own specific contexts of justice, social order and human rights.
  • The student can apply her/his expertise to new texts and intellectual discussions of literature and justice.


  • The student masters intellectual analyses and critical review of the texts on their reading list.
  • The student can discuss the syllabus and its relevant intellectual issues in appropriate terminology and advanced vocabulary in both verbal and written forms
  • The student can relate his/her expertise to new works of literature, art and culture, and to current debates of human rights, social order and structures of justice.
  • The student can conduct limited research and development projects in groups and under supervision.
  • The student can relate his/her own research to tangential issues in the realm of arts and justice.

Language of instruction

Language of instruction and examination: English.

Teaching methods

The course is based on independent studies, lectures, seminars and digital communication for 13 weeks. The course convenes once a week for lectures, seminars, student presentations, and supervision.

Quality assurance: All courses will be evaluated once during the period of the study programme. The board of the programme decides which courses will be evaluated by students and teacher each year.


The following two coursework requirements must be completed and approved in order to take the final exam: 1) A written introduction that defines the topic of research, presents the text(s) in question, and relates both to critical review and relevant discourses of literature and justice. The student is encouraged to choose her/his own text and research statement. 2) An essay of 8-12 pages on a new text and topic in the field of literature and justice.

Assessment method: The exam will consist of a term paper of approximately 12-15 pages to be submitted after all classes are completed.

The exam will be assessed on an A-F grades scale. Grades are A-E for passed and F for failed. A re-sit examination is offered in in the beginning of the following semester in cases of grade F/Fail. The deadline for signing up (via the Studentweb) for a re-sit examination is 15 January (for courses offered in the autumn semester) and 15 August (for courses offered in the spring semester). In the event of a re-sit examination, the student is allowed to submit a revised version of his/her term paper within a given deadline.


  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: ENG-3196
  • Kontaktpersoner
  • Ruben Moi

    Professor i engelsk litteratur og kultur
    Telefon: +4777645646 ruben.moi@uit.no
  • Kari-Mathisen-Bredde-180px-

    Mathisen, Kari

    studiekonsulent (årsstudium i engelsk, lektorutd. studieretning engelsk, BA i engelsk, MA English Literature, årsstudium i tysk, lektorutd. studieretning tysk)
    Telefon: +4777623316 kari.mathisen@uit.no