Course code: LIVA15
Swedish title: Litteraturvetenskap: Barnlitteratur - grundkurs
Credits: 30

NB! The course is not given this semester. The information below was about autumn semester 2023.

Study period: autumn semester 2023
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2023-08-28 – 2024-01-14
Language of instruction: Swedish
Application code: LU-30735
Eligibility: General requirements for university studies in Sweden

Introductory meeting: 2023-08-28 at 13:00 – 15:00 in SOL:H135b

Teachers: Oscar Jansson, Amanda Landegren, Kristina Nilsson, Paul Tenngart, Erik Zillén

Information on included parts

  1. Introduction, Children's Literature and Culture in Sweden, 7.5 credits
  2. The History of Children's Literature up to 1850, 7.5 credits
  3. The Genres of Children's Literature, 7.5 credits
  4. The History of Children's Literature from 1850, 7.5 credits


Kursen presenterar hur barn- och ungdomslitteraturen har sett ut genom tiderna och vilka villkor som har präglat och präglar den. I första delkursen, ”Introduktion. Barnlitteratur och –kultur i Sverige”, läggs fokus på dagens svenska barnlitteratur. Här diskuteras hur barnlitteraturen förhåller sig till övrig barnkultur samt hur relationen mellan barnlitteratur och vuxenlitteratur ser ut. Här ges också grundläggande inblickar i de ekonomiska, ideologiska och kognitiva villkoren för barnlitteraturens spridning idag. I andra och fjärde delkursen, ”Barnlitteraturens historia fram till 1850” respektive ”Barnlitteraturens historia från 1850”, presenteras barn- och ungdomslitteraturens historiska utveckling. Barnlitterära klassiker analyseras och diskuteras i relation till barns sociala villkor genom tiderna. Tredje delkursen, ”Barnlitteraturens genrer”, ger en bild av barn- och ungdomslitteraturens rika mångfald. Genrer som saga, äventyrsberättelse, fantasy, flickbok och bilderbok diskuteras och analyseras.


This course is not open as a freestanding course next semester. It can be open for application within a programme or for students in an exchange programme. Please ask your academic advisor for information.

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions

Children's Literature

More about the subject, research, staff etc.

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