The Directorate is an administrative institution in the field of education and its main objective is to improve quality and support progress in education in accordance with law and government policies, best evidence and international standards.
1. Knowledge and understanding
1.1. Students learn critical thinking in a conceptual and aesthetic sense and recognise the significance of literature in both an Icelandic and international context.
1.2. Students have a clear overview of the history of world literature, particularly from the West, and can account for the role of translation in this context.
1.3. Students have an understanding of the principal literary genres and their defining characteristics.
1.4. Students have an understanding of the principal literary concepts and theories, in both an historical and contemporary context.
1.5. Students have gained insight into the principal methods of literary research as well as an understanding of them in a broader cultural context.
2. Practical skills
2.1. Students have acquired independent working methods and mastered scholarly presentation skills in both written language and oral expression.
2.2. Students can work independently and methodically on specific literary topics.
2.3. Students are able to use guidance and comments in order to enhance literary analysis.
2.4. Students are able to set goals, devise and follow a work schedule.
2.5. Students have mastered the technicalities and specifics of essay writing, including the treatment of references.
3. Theoretical skills
3.1. Students have shown that they can research a specific topic.
3.2. Students know the fundamentals of thorough source evaluation, the use of primary sources and their application to their own investigation.
3.3. Students have gained significant experience in reading theoretical texts and are very accomplished in using them for their work.
3.4. Students can apply numerous concepts in literature to their analysis and essay writing.
3.5. Students have acquired skills to respond to the discourse and expressive mechanisms of fiction and understand its connection to other aspects of culture and the outside world.
4. Communication skills
4.1. Students show initiative and have acquired a high degree of independence in dealing with their subject matter.
4.2. Students can work both independently and in groups on topics within the field.
4.3. Students can express themselves clearly and methodically in discussions and in writing as applicable.
4.4. Students can explain literary subject matter in both an academic and public setting and support their arguments.
4.5. Students are accomplished in the use of computers for finding and communicating information.
5 General learning skills
5.1 Students have acquired the necessary learning skills to be able to undertake further studies in literature and related fields of study.
5.2 Students have learnt the foundations of critical thinking and independent working methods.
5.3 Students have grasped the significance and importance of critical reading practices in the field of literature and theory.