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English and Literacy Studies - Master's Degree Programme


Study programme description for study year 2022-2023

Facts
Credits (ECTS)

120

Studyprogram code

M-LITERA

Level

Master's degree (2 years)

Leads to degree

Master's Degree Programme in English and Literacy Studies

Full-/Part-time

Full-time

Duration

4 Semesters

Undergraduate

No

Language of instruction

English

The Masters programme in English and Literacy Studies is a two-year postgraduate programme that includes a 60-credit taught component and a 60-credit Masters thesis. It is offered both as an independent Masters programme and as an integrated part of the 5-year lektorprogram at UiS. The programme may also be taken part time over a period of four years (contact the Institute). Full and part-time students attend the same classes.

The area of the programme is English and Literacy Studies, defined as the study of reading, writing and the written text in a social and cultural context. The programme focuses on English and Literacy Studies within an English-speaking context, and includes modules that explore literary, linguistic and educational approaches; it is equivalent to a Master`s programme in English from the point of view of teaching and research competence. At Stavanger, it builds upon the Bachelor`s level in English (or on the first three years of the lektorprogram with English as the main subject) and feeds into the PhD programme in Literacy Studies.

The programme recognises the central role played by literacy in our society. The written language is a key factor in social organisation and cultural development, and the medium of a wide range of communication technologies. It is often claimed that the central role of reading texts is one of the most important characteristics of modern societies. A good understanding of the various aspects of literacy, both contemporary and historical, is therefore essential for a full understanding of how this society works and forms a key asset for the efficient participation therein. 

As the programme is open for international students, and all students are expected to reach a high level of competence in oral and written English, all teaching and supervision takes place in English.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge

The student will gain

  • an overview of the main approaches and research areas within the field of English and Literacy Studies
  • a good understanding of the major theories and issues within a range of research areas within English and Literacy Studies, with focus on the English-speaking world and in historical and contemporary contexts
  • a sound theoretical and methodological basis for academic research within English and Literacy Studies, focussing on a selected direction of study (Literature, linguistic, historical or didactic)
  • detailed knowledge of the particular field of research within which the student chooses to write her/his thesis
  • an understanding of basic research ethics and issues of copyright
  • an understanding of the critical use of sources and of the conventions of writing an academic thesis
  • a good knowledge of the conventions of academic English

Skills

By the end of the course, the student will be able to

  • apply their knowledge to independent research work
  • place their work within a broader research context within English and Literacy Studies
  • account for the theories and methods current within their field of research and explain their own choice of theoretical framework and methodology
  • find relevant sources and organize information and data in appropriate ways
  • use sources critically and present a sound line of argument

General competence

By the end of the course, the student will be able to

  • discuss sensibly any aspect of English and Literacy Studies and apply their knowledge to current debates and social/educational issues as well as to school teaching
  • use spoken and written academic English fluently and correctly
  • communicate clearly and efficiently both in writing and through oral presentations
  • work on texts constructively through the giving and receiving of critical feedback

Syllabus

The programme brings together two main groups of students: Norwegian and International students who take the programme as an independent Masters programme, and Norwegian students who are enrolled on the five-year lektorprogram. In the first year, the former group take two taught modules per semester, while the latter take two modules in the Autumn semester only. All the Autumn modules offered are available for both groups of students. 

In the first Autumn semester, all students choose two out of three modules. The modules represent three general study directions: literature, linguistics and visual literacy. Regardless of which two modules the student decides to choose, the two chosen modules together provide an introduction to English and Literacy Studies upon which the remainder of the programme is built.

In the Spring semester, the English and Literacy students take two modules that represent the development of the English language through time, and Literature in Context. Depending on the modules, they are evaluated through written or oral examinations at the end of the semester. Some of the modules also include a midterm exam.

In the second year of the Masters programme, the students produce a thesis. During this second year, the student receives supervision and attends a thesis writing seminar; attendance of both is compulsory. After submitting the thesis, the candidate will give a test lecture. The grade is awarded on the basis of the thesis but may be adjusted on the basis of the lecture. There are two possible submission dates for the MA thesis: May or November.

Career prospects

The Master in English and Literacy Studies can lead you to a wide variety of careers within areas such as education, media, publishing and culture.

The programme also qualifies students for further study at PhD level.

Course assessment

As part of the quality of teaching framework at UiS, all courses implement annual evaluation in the form of dialogue between student representatives and course teachers. In addition, the courses in the programme are evaluated electronically.

Study plan and courses
  • Master in Literacy Studies - Compulsory courses

  • 1st semester - choose 2 out of 3 courses

    • MLI305: Authors, Readers, and Texts

      Year 1, semester 1

      Authors, Readers, and Texts (MLI305)

      Study points: 15

    • MLI335: First and Second Language Literacy Development

      Year 1, semester 1

      First and Second Language Literacy Development (MLI335)

      Study points: 15

    • MLI345: Reading Verbal and Visual Signs

      Year 1, semester 1

      Reading Verbal and Visual Signs (MLI345)

      Study points: 15

  • Choose between exchange abroad or courses at The University of Stavang

  • Master in Literacy Studies - Compulsory courses

Student exchange

Exchange semester
2nd semester of the 1st year.

Academic requirements
Students must start preparing for the exchange at the start of their studies to be able to apply within the deadline. The 2nd semester has two compulsory courses, each of them can be exchanged for courses found at partner institutions abroad. The courses taken at the partner institution should include minimum one course in the History of English/Old English/Middle English. The institutions listed below offer relevant courses for the 2nd semester (course offerings may be subject to change).

Contact person
Student advisor Signe Ekenberg, Hulda Garborg building

General information about exchange: Exchange guide in Digital student service desk

Student exchange
  • All countries

    An-Najah National University

    An-Najah National University ligger i Stavanger sin vennskapsby Nablus på Vestbredden, Palestina.

    State University of New York College at Brockport

    State University of New York at Brockport (SUNY Brockport) ligger i Rochester, staten New York, kun én time fra Niagara Falls. Rochester-området er kåret til et av Amerikas beste steder å bo.

    The Norwegian Study Centre

    Ved The Norwegian Study Centre (NSC) treffer du andre studenter fra Norge som også studerer engelsk.

    The University of Western Australia

    University of Western Australia (UWA) er et av de ledende universitetene i Australia som medlem av den såkalte Group of Eight, og rangert blant de 100 beste universitetene i verden. Et opphold ved dette universitetet vil sikre deg et godt faglig utbytte.

    University of Bonn

    Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn har en 200 år lang historie og er å betrakte som et av Tysklands mest anerkjente forskningsuniversitet. Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzche og Konrad Adenauer er bare noen av mange kjente personer som har fått sin grad fra Universitetet i Bonn.

    University of Innsbruck

    The University of Innsbruck was officially founded in 1669, in fact financed by an extraordinary tax on salt (!).

    University of Mississippi

    Med studier ved University of Mississippi blir du ikke bare kjent med USA, men også med Sørstatene, som er kjent for sin «southern mentality». Forvent vennlighet, høflighet og fokus på tradisjonelle verdier.

    University of North Dakota

    University of North Dakota er et offentlig forskningsuniversitet med historie tilbake til 1883. Universitetet er kjent for sin forskning innen luftfart, helsefag, ernæring, energi og miljø og ingeniørfag. I tillegg får du ekte nordamerikansk campus-stemning.

    University of Seville

    University of Seville er et av de best rangerte universitetene i Spania, og har over 65 000 studenter. Universitetet er kjent for sin forskning innen teknologi og vitenskap.

  • Australia

    The University of Western Australia

    University of Western Australia (UWA) er et av de ledende universitetene i Australia som medlem av den såkalte Group of Eight, og rangert blant de 100 beste universitetene i verden. Et opphold ved dette universitetet vil sikre deg et godt faglig utbytte.

  • Austria

    University of Innsbruck

    The University of Innsbruck was officially founded in 1669, in fact financed by an extraordinary tax on salt (!).

  • Germany

    University of Bonn

    Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn har en 200 år lang historie og er å betrakte som et av Tysklands mest anerkjente forskningsuniversitet. Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzche og Konrad Adenauer er bare noen av mange kjente personer som har fått sin grad fra Universitetet i Bonn.

  • Palestina

    An-Najah National University

    An-Najah National University ligger i Stavanger sin vennskapsby Nablus på Vestbredden, Palestina.

  • Spain

    University of Seville

    University of Seville er et av de best rangerte universitetene i Spania, og har over 65 000 studenter. Universitetet er kjent for sin forskning innen teknologi og vitenskap.

  • United Kingdom

    The Norwegian Study Centre

    Ved The Norwegian Study Centre (NSC) treffer du andre studenter fra Norge som også studerer engelsk.

  • United States

    State University of New York College at Brockport

    State University of New York at Brockport (SUNY Brockport) ligger i Rochester, staten New York, kun én time fra Niagara Falls. Rochester-området er kåret til et av Amerikas beste steder å bo.

    University of Mississippi

    Med studier ved University of Mississippi blir du ikke bare kjent med USA, men også med Sørstatene, som er kjent for sin «southern mentality». Forvent vennlighet, høflighet og fokus på tradisjonelle verdier.

    University of North Dakota

    University of North Dakota er et offentlig forskningsuniversitet med historie tilbake til 1883. Universitetet er kjent for sin forskning innen luftfart, helsefag, ernæring, energi og miljø og ingeniørfag. I tillegg får du ekte nordamerikansk campus-stemning.

Admission requirements

A bachelor´s degree, which includes at least 80 ECTS credits in English language and literature, is required. 30 of the 80 ECTS credits in English language and literature must be at advanced level, i.e., from the final two years of the Bachelor degree. Courses within translation, interpretation and English language teaching cannot be considered for admission to this programme.

Admission to this master's programme requires a minimum grade C in the courses in English language and literature. Applicants with an education where it is not possible to calculate grade points from parts of the degree, must have a grade of C in the entire degree in order to be qualified for admission. If you have an education using a different grade scale than ECTS grades (A-F), the grade point average must be comparable to a Norwegian C.

Contact information

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department of Cultural Studies and Languages

Stavanger University

4036 Stavanger, Norway

Master's study coordinator

Signe Ekenberg: signe.ekenberg@uis.no

Tlf. 51 83 13 53