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Questions of Justice in Law, Literature and the Arts

Questions of justice are not only the concern of legal professionals, politicians and activists, they also permeate culture at large. Literature, Cinema, Music and Artworks often revolve around questions about rights, justice and fairness, raising a wide range of issues, such as: how do we understand animal rights? What does it mean to do justice to our environment?

Does technology force us to rethink key notions of politics and ethics? Do new, hybrid, forms of warfare undermine our received understanding of the definition of war crimes? What is the role of forgiveness in processes of reconciliation?

This minor aims to offer students an understanding of the intersections of law, politics, culture and society by studying: 1) how questions of (social) justice are broached by cultural artefacts (works of literature, art, drama, and film); and: 2) how concepts and categories that were developed in the humanities can help to reflect on the moral, legal and political dilemmas of our times.

The minor consists of an introductory course that gives an overview of current academic debates about the concept of justice; three thematic seminars on contemporary dilemmas of justice (with regard to issues of technology, ecology and human rights) and concludes with a series of workshops which aim to familiarize students with conducting interdisciplinary research in the field.

Maximum number of students: 50

Prospectus number: 5000MQJLN

Class number: 7885

Language: English

Registration: via EduXchange

LEI students: 8 May up until 15 July 2023

TUD en EUR studenten: 8 mei t/m 31 mei 2023


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

30 EC (1)

Law, Literature, Culture: Core Concepts (10) 10
Arts, Ecology, Animal Rights 5
Law, Cinema, Technology 5
Human Rights, Legal Personhood, Literature 5
Making a Case: Research Project 5

15 EC Variant (2)

Law, Literature, Culture: Core Concepts (5) 5
Arts, Ecology, Animal Rights 5
Law, Cinema, Technology 5

More info


  • Extent: 30 ECTS in semester 1, or 15ECTS in block 1

  • Intended for: all students

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Websites: n/a

  • Coordinator: Yasco Horsman

  • Information: Yasco Horsman / Coordinator of studies

  • Board of Examiners: Literatuur- en media

  • Education Committee: BA Film en Literatuurwetenschap

  • Registration:
    LEI students 8 May to 15 July 2023
    TUD and EUR students 8 May to 31 May 2023
    Register for the minor activity via EduXchange (applies to all students)
    From July, register separately for the courses via MyStudymap (only applies to LEI students).

Follow-on master’s programme



The 15 EC version consists of the following courses, all offered in Semester 1, Block 1:

  • Law, Literature, Culture: Core Concepts (5 EC version)

  • Arts, Ecology, Animal Rights (5 EC)

  • Law, Cinema, Technology (5 EC)