University of Bergen

Language, Culture and Society, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 11 days
    Duration
  • Tuition
    443
    Tuition (Full programme)
    443
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
    Language
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The University of Bergen presents six parallel courses for PhD candidates and junior researchers. These disciplinary courses will be tied together by a series of common sessions such as keynotes and roundtables, so there will be ample opportunities to engage in critical analyses to seek creative solutions and to participate in open debates.

Language is a crucial means for communication and interaction. Language not only reflects and expresses facts and observations; it also influences attitudes and behaviour. It thus constitutes a vital component of the cultural prerequisites underlying societal development.

Through different approaches (theories and methods) illustrated through a diversity of cultural and societal settings, the Language, culture and society course will focus on the role of language in relation to the following topics: politics, media, climate change, poverty, migration, business and norms.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 11 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    3 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Partnership
    Joint
  • Entry Level
    Master
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

Lectures
  • Language use in the climate change issue
  • Verbal argument structure and how the concept of poverty is presented in Colombian newspapers
  • The framing of climate change in the media
  • Refugee narratives in British and French politics: a comparative linguistic and polyphonic analysis of the Brexit and French presidential debates
  • Linguistic culture and norm negotiation
  • Language and language use in intercultural business communication: the case of Sino Scandinavian business interactions
  • Language and identity in migrant narratives
  • Establishing understanding in conversations with second language speakers
Requirements and credits
Upon acceptance, the participants will be asked to submit a short essay of 2-4 pages from their own research on a research question decided by each course leader. This will be used as the base for presenting your research to the rest of the course.

Participation at the BSRS will be credited under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Participants are expected to write an essay (in a form of a publishable manuscript of 10-20 pages) to be submitted after the end of the summer school. This will give a total of 10 ECTS. Deadline for submission will be decided your course leader.

It is also possible to participate without producing an essay. This will give you 3 ECTS.

Audience

The courses are designed for PhD level and are open to:

  • Candidates currently enrolled in a PhD programme
  • Junior researchers — including those in their last stages of their master programme, with extensive working experience, and those who have recently completed their PhD or are enrolled in a post-doc programme.

Lecturers

  • Kjersti Fløttum
Professor, Department of foreign languages, UiB

Academic Requirements

Upload the following documents:

  • Copy of your identity document (e.g. passport/ identity card/ driving license)
  • Transcript/diploma of the highest achieved degree
  • A letter of recommendation written and signed by your supervisor (written on official stationary of your institution)
  • A letter verifying your qualifications and current position, signed by the head of your institution/department (written on official stationary of your institution)
In order to participate, you need to have a good command of the English language. Full participation in the course-specific modules, reading of the provided literature prior to the summer school, and participation in all plenary events and roundtables is required.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 443 International
  • EUR 443 EU/EEA
The registration fee for attending the Bergen Summer Research School is NOK 4,000 

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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