The PhD-programme in Literacy is administered by the Faculty of Arts and Education. Organizationally, the programme is attached to the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, but is run in close co-operation with the National Centre for Reading Education and Research. The term Literacy Studies refers to the use and impact aspects of written and textual culture. This implies that attention will be focused on the role of reading in textual culture, i.e., how texts help to regulate understanding of communication, the underlying processes behind reading activity, what change processes take place and what skills a person must master in order to be able to take part in the communication.In all contexts, reading is considered to be an important prerequisite for satisfactory participation in productive activity and cultural and social life. Competent use of text and textual orientation are fundamental for planning and executing tasks in modern society. In countries with a highly educated population, such as Norway, the majority of people with a higher education work in private or public services. The study of reading highlights the quality of such services and what conditions are required for the services to function. It is important to study technological, social, aesthetic and political factors through various academic perspectives.
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In the main, these perspectives will consist of an historical-contextual perspective, an aesthetic – hermeneutic perspective, a didactic perspective and a linguistic perspective. We have defined these perspectives in four core areas in Literacy Studies:
Related traditional fields: linguistics and literary science (history of books and printing, sociology of literature), history, history didactics, sociology, social anthropology
This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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