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Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion

Welcome to the Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion, a part of the Faculty of Humanities. Here, you can study literature science, history of ideas and learning, theater studies, religious studies, and theology.

Our courses and programmes provide education and humanities skills that you can benefit from regardless of your career path. They are aimed at those who are considering a career in the cultural or information sector, or are interested in areas of work related to diversity and integration issues.

The programmes also prepare you for a research career in the respective main field. Many of our courses are also suitable for those who wish to further their education and training.

In addition to courses, you can study the following programmes with us:


About Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion

Type of organization
Belongs to faculty
Faculty of Humanities
Contact information
Post address
Box 200
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6

Our Facilities

The department is located at Humanisten, behind the Gothenburg Art Museum, by the beautiful Näckrosdammen. You will find academic advisors, the department office, and other staff on the 6th floor.

Office opening hours

Phone and opening hours:

  • Monday: 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM and 1:00 PM – 3:15 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM and 1:00 PM – 3:15 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM (closed in the afternoon)
  • Thursday: 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM and 1:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Phone: 031-786 1115 Email:

Here you can, among other things:

  • Receive information about schedules, course plans, and reading lists (you can also find these in Canvas, Gothenburg University's learning platform).
  • Obtain certificates of enrollment and registration (you can also generate verifiable certificates of enrollment through the Student Portal or collect them from the Service Center in the entrance to Humanisten).
  • Submit home exams and other assessment tasks.
  • Collect your exam if you couldn't attend the regular exam collection time.

Study and Group Work Facilities

Many students choose to study in Humanisten's bright and newly built facilities. Here, you'll find group rooms, various seating areas for quiet study, as well as rest areas, photocopiers, computer labs, and quiet rooms.

On the Humanities Faculty's webpage, you can find maps and more information about facilities, as well as how to book group rooms.

Student counsellors

Are you thinking of starting to study courses or programmes in one of our subjects? Or are you already a student with us and thinking about further studies and what you want to do after your studies?

The department has three study counsellors, who are responsible for guidance in our different subjects.

Study counsellor for literature and theatre studies

Camilla Alvhage (room C641)
Phone: 031-786 4580

Available at the office on Mondays and Wednesdays

Student counsellor for History of Ideas and Learning, Religious Studies and Theology and the Master's Programme in Critical Studies:

Kristina Svensson (room C679)
Phone: 031-786 4519

Telephone hours: Mon 13-15, Tue-Sun 10-11.30.

Study counsellor for the subject teacher programme in Swedish and religious studies:

Annie Rinaldo (room C619)
Phone: 031-786 6506 (Thursdays 13:30-14:30)

Directors of Studies

There is a director of studies for each subject area. The directors of studies are responsible for the planning, administration and follow-up of the programmes at first and second cycle level. The Director of Studies has overall responsibility for course syllabuses and course literature, for the teachers who teach the courses and for pedagogical development.

You can contact the Director of Studies if you have comments on your course, the teaching or similar. For general questions about course content, study planning and so on, you should primarily contact your subject's study counsellor.

You can find contact details here (Swedish)

Read more about courses, programmes and research

On the external website you can read more about ongoing research, programmes, alumni portraits and student portraits.


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