Master in Literacy Studies

Master in Literacy Studies - Compulsory courses
Authors, Readers and Texts Year 1 / Semester 1
This course, ART focuses on the relationship between authors, readers and texts, with an emphasis on the relation between a text's form, content, and function; theories of textual interpretation; and practicing modes of critical reading.
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Course coordinator:
Eric Dean Rasmussen
First and Second Language Literacy Development Year 1 / Semester 1
The course provides an overview of the fields of first and second language literacy development, considering similarities and differences in the two. It covers theories, paradigm shifts, processes, practices and characteristics related to each. It addresses linguistic, psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic and educational perspectives linked to the development of literacy in a first and second language.
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Course coordinator:
Ion Patrick Francis Drew
Reading the past: the history of written english Year 1 / Semester 2
This module covers the history of the English language from the beginnings to the present day. It combines the study of language history with a specific focus on the written evidence, and on the social context of language change. We look at what texts were like in the past, who produced and read them, and how changes in language and literacy interact with social and technological change. We also address the question of present-day uses of the past: how much can we know about past languages, and how can we apply and communicate the findings of historical research? At the same time, the course provides a solid, practical introduction to earlier stages of English and addresses the major linguistic developments from Old to Present-Day English.
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Course teacher:
Oliver Martin Traxel
Reading Verbal and Visual Signs Year 1 / Semester 2
The course combines the study of verbal and visual signs from both linguistic and literary/cultural perspectives. The first part of the course focuses on the pragmatics and semantics of verbal and visual signs and on the 'gammar' grammar of images, as well as on the interaction between material/medium, function and form in verbal and visual texts. The second part of the course focuses on the development of skills for examining and challenging the attitudes, values and beliefs conveyed by the verbal and visual elements of a text.
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Course coordinator:
Merja Riitta Stenroos
Dissertation and oral exam Year 2 / Semester 3
The master's dissertation is a piece of work that is based on individual research and is presented in a form that accords with academic conventions in relation to referencing, style, register, and so forth. It discusses a topic that has been approved by a supervisor and is written under supervision. In addition to regular meetings with their supervisor, the students attend regular seminars.
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Course coordinator:
Ion Patrick Francis Drew

This is the study programme for 2018/2019. It is subject to change.