Language, Culture and Society | Bergen Summer Research School, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 11 days
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The aim of this Language, culture and society PhD course from the University of Bergen is to discuss the role of language and language-use in a series of societal challenges and in various cultural contexts.


This is one of six parallel PhD courses of the annual Bergen Summer Research School (BSRS). This interdisciplinary venue for exploring some of the greatest challenges of our time attract around one hundred PhD candidates, researchers and policy makers every year.

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.

The aim of this course is to discuss the role of language and language-use in a series of societal challenges and in various cultural contexts.

Through different approaches (theories and methods) illustrated through a diversity of cultural and societal settings, the 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

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 11 days
  • Credits
    3 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.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Linguistic culture and norm negotiation
  • The framing of climate change in the media
  • Migration, language and workplace interaction
  • Establishing understanding in conversations with second language speakers
  • Responsibility and blame. Verbal argument structure in Colombian newspaper articles treating poverty
  • Language and identity in migrant narratives
  • Language use in the climate change issue
  • Translation as re-contextualization: sociocultural and linguistic issues in the circulation of texts
  • Language and language use in intercultural business communication: the case of Sino Scandinavian business interactions
  • Refugee narratives in British and French politics
  • Student presentations of own projects


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.


  • Professor Kjersti Fløttum, Department of foreign languages, UiB (course leader)
  • Ingunn Lunde, UiB
  • Trine Dahl, NHH
  • Jan Svennevig, UiO
  • Margrete Dyvik Cardona, UiB
  • Camilla Erichsen Skalle, UiB
  • Anje Müller Gjesdal, NHH
  • Annelise Ly, NHH
  • Øyvind Gjerstad, UiB

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

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

  • International Applies to you

    443 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 443 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 11 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    443 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 443 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 11 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
The registration fee for attending the Bergen Summer Research School is NOK 4,000 

Living costs for Bergen

7990 - 8840 NOK/month
Living Costs

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