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Knowledge:

 

The student will gain:

 

  • An overview of the main approaches and research areas within the field of Literacy Studies
  • A good understanding of the major theories and issues within a range of research areas within Literacy Studies, with focus on the English-speaking world and including both historical and current perspectives
  • A sound theoretical and methodological basis for academic research within Literacy Studies, focussing on a selected direction of study (linguistic, literary, 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 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 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