Literacy studies examines the nature of literacy as skill-based, social and reflexive practice in various contexts, and types of literacy including functional literacy, workplace literacy, cultural literacy, critical literacy and media literacy. Research in this field investigates the use and impact of spoken and written texts, the processes and skills involved in literacy events, and the related cultural, linguistics and social processes.
English Language Requirement
International applicants for the five fields of study must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 80 (internet based) or IELTS Band 6.
First and Second Semester
a. Credit Requirements
Candidates pursuing the PhD programme are required to complete a minimum of 3 credits of coursework approved by the Academic Advisor/Thesis Supervisor
b. Other Requirements
SPS 6999 Doctoral Research
A doctoral candidate is required to register for the course SPS 6999 Doctoral Research. This course entails a research project and at the end of the candidature, the candidate will submit a thesis. The thesis will then be sent for examination and a viva voce will be held to determine the candidate’s competency in the area of study.
A doctoral candidate is required to enroll for the SPS 6903 course that represents a defense of the research proposal. This course has to be taken as soon as the proposal has been approved by the thesis supervisory committee (not the academic advisor). The course will be assessed and the candidate will be given either a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory grade.
iii. Comprehensive Examination
A candidate pursuing the doctoral programme is required to pass a written and oral comprehensive examination. This examination is taken upon completion of all coursework stipulated in the programme. It is designed to evaluate the candidate’s knowledge in the area of study, and his or her ability to integrate knowledge about research and theory to address basic issues in the area concerned as well as to understand related research methods and design.
Updated:: 07/04/2013 [noorziha]
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