Dynamic Literacies

Course credits: 3,0 credits participation and paper. 1,5 credits participation (without paper)

Application deadline: October 15th 2019 Contact person:  siri.hjelde@ntnu.no

Content: The study of literacies differs and changes with regard to perspectives, what, whom and how one studies this phenomenon. In this course, we will pay attention to dilemmas, tensions, challenges and changes that can be identified in studies of literacies in relation to digital media. To illustrate what could be seen as multimodal and dynamic aspects of literacies, the focus will be directed to media literacy practices and related to phenomena such as learning, identity, and agency. Anchored in a sociocultural perspective, it has been claimed that literacy is situated. This raises questions: What is literacy? Can literacy be any kind of competence with regard to reading, understanding and writing texts in its broad sense? Different prefixes put to ‘literacy’ indicate that this is the case. These, for instance are: digital literacy, media literacy, visual literacy, information literacy, and multi-literacy. Viewing literacy as situated has actualised notions such as time, place and mobility. So, how do we capture literacy practices that seem to appear across different sites and activities? How can literacy practices be understood and studied as simultaneously multisite and situated phenomena? These are some of the dilemmas and challenges that will be discussed in this course

Learning outcome:

  • The student is able to formulate research questions in order to plan and accomplish research on (digital) literacy practices
  • The student is able to evaluated relevant research methods to study (digital) literacy practices
  • The student is able to contribute to the development of new knowledge, new methods and new ways to document within the field of (digital) literacy

Course materials: 500 pages

Deadline and submission: The number of participants is restricted, and will be accepted on a first come basis. The student has to write an abstract as they apply (approximately 500 words). In this abstract s/he describes their research interest and how this may be connected to literacies as a research phenomenon. The application should be sent to siri.hjelde@ntnu.no at latest October 15th.


Compulsory: Participation

Assessment: One has to participate at all lectures and seminars to be approved in Ped 8010. In Ped 8009, an additional paper has to be handed in before the 15th of December 2019. The length of the paper should be 10- 12 pages. The research question(s) and the discussions have to be within the frame of the course and relate to some of the course literature. E-mail the paper to pal.aarsand@ntnu.no.

Grades: Approved/not approved


Department of Education ans Lifelong learning
Tags: Educational Science
Published June 3, 2019 7:33 AM - Last modified Sep. 12, 2019 1:49 PM