EKIA5003 Literacy in Contemporary Society (4 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



Literacy can be understood as reading and writing or as the production and consumption of texts. This course examines what it means to be able to read and write, in first and additional languages, in contemporary multilingual and multimodal society.

Completion methods

Methods of study: Readings, participation in class work, small scale research project in pairs/groups of three or four

Assessment details

Active participation in class and final paper, 80% attendance requirement

Assessment criteria available in Optima

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the students will be able to
- explain what the concept of literacy(ies) means as a cognitive and social phenomenon
- describe the multimodal and multilingual nature of literacy (or the use of texts)
- describe different contexts in which literacy plays a role
- explain how literacy matters in societal participation
- explain how literacy is taught and learned, in first and additional languages
- reflect on the consequences of contemporary multilingual and multimodal society on the use of texts

Study materials

Readings: available in Optima

Completion methods

Method 1

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Parts of the completion methods
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