PhD Modern Languages, Cultures and Societies and Linguistics

Ca' Foscari Graduate School, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Application deadline: May 27, 2013
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,011 / Year (EEA)
  • € 1,011 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Languages:
  • English
  • Italian
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
Project type: Open
Educational Form: Academic

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Description

The doctorate is organized into two main subject areas, which incorporate languages, language science, literature and culture within numerous scientific and cultural projects:

  • Modern Languages, Cultures and Societies,
  • Linguistics.

The Modern Languages, Cultures and Societies curriculum is aimed at the advanced study of languages and cultures of modern societies, based on the communication between complex cultural systems, and examined through the analysis and interpretation of literary and cultural texts in a foreign language. This essential tool in gaining a deep understanding of all cultures and traditions is applied from both a specific and a comparative angle.

The Linguistics curriculum is aimed at the development of theoretical critical thinking that is suitable for facing specialized research themes and issues in linguistic theory, language education, linguistics of various languages (including Sign Language), applied linguistics, computational linguistics, synchronic and diachronic language theory, and foreign language teaching.

Contents

Research themes

Modern Languages, Cultures and Societies curriculum:
  • Modern languages,
  • Literature and cultures in the following areas - covering stylistic, rhetorical, philological, historical and epistemological aspects focusing on both the specific factors deriving from the differing contexts and the more broad comparative perspective regarding communication between complex cultural systems: Angloamerican culture and literature;
  • English culture and literature;
  • English postcolonial culture and literature;
  • French and European Francophone culture and literature;
  • Ibero-american culture and literatue;
  • Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese (from the Iberian peninsula) culture and literature;
  • Lusophone literature and culture in Latin American and Africa;
  • Austrian and German culture and literature;
  • Culture, literature, philology, history and beliefs related to the following languages: Albanian, Bulgarian; Czech; Croatian; Greek; Polish; Russian; Serbian; Slovenian.
Linguistics curriculum:
  • Grammatical theory, synchronic and diachronic;
  • Generative grammar;
  • Theoretical linguistics;
  • Foreign language teaching and Italian as a foreign language;
  • Applied linguistics;
  • Computational linguistics.

Professional Profiles

Given the broad and in-depth preparation, the PhD graduate will be able to employ the skills acquired not only in an academic research environment but also, according to the specific subject area studied, in highly skilled roles in fields which cover internationalisation and the study of language.

Campus

Venice

Requirements

  • Italian Second Cycle Degree (Laurea Specialistica according to Ministerial Decree No 509/1999 or Laurea Magistrale according to Ministerial Decree No 270/2004);
  • Italian Degree taken in compliance with the so-called Vecchio Ordinamento (before Ministerial Decree No 509/1999);
  • equivalent academic qualification gained abroad.

For any further information about the type of academic qualification required and any possible additional requirements, please refer to the call for admission to the PhD Programmes.

  • a B2 English language proficiency level are a prerequisite to access all PhD programmes;
  • For Italian-taught programmes an Italian B1- level language certificate is advisable. Applicants who are native Italian speakers do not need to produce any certificate. Please be advised that applicants who are not provided with the Italian language certificate can take the Italian language test to be held in early September.

Funding

PhD scholarships are awarded by a selection process that is outlined in the published call.

Candidates who are awarded a scholarship are requested to pay only the stamp duty and the regional tax for the study right, whose amount will be established by the Regione Veneto.

The amount of the PhD scholarship is EUR 13,638.47 per year, net of social security taxes payable by the scholarship holder.

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