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Southern African Literature: Environmental Readings

Master's level | 7.5 credits | Course code: EN2104 | Sustainability focused
Autumn 2020
50% Day
Period: 31 August 2020 - 2 November 2020
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

This course offers an introduction to the literature of Southern Africa with a special emphasis on environmental representations. Shaped by a rich and complex history which often revolves around competing and conflicting claims to land and natural resources, these texts address the intersections of environmental concerns, sustainability and human rights. The large scale land appropriation and violent relocation of the majority of the population was modelled on Eurocentric ideas concerning the relation between humanity and the natural environment where indigenous populations were often seen as part of nature. The course will introduce students to a range of literary and theoretical texts which focus on the present day legacy of this history and its consequences for environmental concerns. We explore some of the historical, formal, political and ethical aspects of Southern African literature and discuss it within the framework of theories within Environmental Humanities.

"Important additional information for the 2020 autumn semester in connection to the corona pandemic: if teaching and examination cannot be conducted on campus, the course will be offered in an online format instead"

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Requirements and Selection

The requirement for admission to the course is a Bachelor's degree or the equivalent
qualification. An additional requirement is English 6

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 10 750 SEK
First payment: 10 750 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

E-mail:, Phone: 031-786 1795


Department of Languages & Literatures
Box 200
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Renströmsgatan 6

Course that is sustainability-focused where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets one of the current sustainability criteria. The content with a focus on sustainability must also, in accordance with the criteria, constitute the course's main focus

Course that is sustainability-related where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets one of the current sustainability criteria.

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