Elective course Law and Literature 2019/2020 (Leiden University) (Dutch)

Reading literature while studying Law? The elective course 'Law & Literature: Reflection on democracy and the rule of law' in Leiden starts in April 2020.

A reflection on law

Reading literature while studying Law? From Wednesday 8 April 2020, students can take the Dutch elective course ‘Law & Literature’ (5 ECTS) for seven weeks from 11:00 to 13:00. From the study guide:

“The elective course […] offers students a reflection on central notions and fundamental principles of law. On the basis of well-known and lesser-known literary works, important fundamental principles of the democratic constitutional state are considered critically (directly or indirectly). What does the tragic mean for the political? How has comedy influenced our thinking about law and injustice? What can despotic spectres teach us about our political system? Can literature help us reflect on new challenges such as genetic engineering, robots and digitization?

Within the elective, legal themes such as guilt and innocence, freedom and coercion and the legitimacy of state and law are reflected upon from literary works. This not only leads to interesting and challenging visions of the law, but also to insight into the place of literature in democracy and the rule of law. Law & Literature: reflection on democracy and the rule of law’ is a voyage of discovery in which students are challenged to step out of the legal perspective and to adopt and (further) develop a critical, evaluative mindset’.

More information in the study guide of Leiden University.

The digital flyer for the elective course 'Law & Literature: Reflection on democracy and the rule of law' (academic year 2019/2020) at Leiden University.
The digital flyer for the elective course ‘Law & Literature: Reflection on democracy and the rule of law‘ (academic year 2019/2020) at Leiden University.
Law and Literature: literature and their meaning for the law

Literature in 2019/2020

In 2019/2020, the following works will be discussed:

  • Antigone (Sophocles)
  • Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
  • Blocks (F. Bordewijk)
  • We (Yevgeny Zamjatin)
  • The Cildren’s Act. (Ian McEwan)

Sign up?

Registration for students of Leiden University is possible from four weeks before the start of the course. The full workgroup schedule is already published. For questions, students can contact Michael Klos.

More about Law and Literature

Michael Klos is involved in various projects on Law and Literature.