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.
Knowledge, skills and competences
1. Knowledge and understanding
Degree holders possess knowledge of the field of folkloristics. This entails that holders:
1.1. have attained a good knowledge of folkloristic and ethnological theories and concepts.
1.2. are aware of what makes up an academic explanation, and know how to conduct comparisons.
1.3. have developed a critical folkloristic viewpoint and attained a good scholarly knowledge of Icelandic popular culture and that of its neighbouring countries past and present.
1.4. have attained good general knowledge of the main features of popular culture.
1.5. have attained a detailed knowledge of several fields of folkloristics and ethnology.
1.6. have gained a knowledge of the main research methodologies used within the fields of folkloristics and ethnology and a good working knowledge of the approaches used within qualitative research.
1.7. know how to critically assess the quality of source materials.
1.8. have attained an understanding of the different viewpoints expressed within folkloristic and ethnological research.
Degree holders can apply the methods and procedures of the field of folkloristics. This entails that holders:
2.1. have learned how to work independently and learned how to present material in a scholarly fashion, in both written and spoken form.
2.2. can apply folkloristic and ethnological approaches to given projects.
2.3. know how to analyse material independently, and can apply critical use of source materials to the discussion of particular subjects within the field.
2.4. have the ability to work in groups and direct the work of others.
2.5. know how to evaluate the quality of folkloristic and ethnological research.
Degee holders can apply their knowledge and skills in a practical way in their profession and/or further studies. This entails that holders:
3.1. have learnt how to write present written work in a professional and scholarly manner.
3.2. know how to take interviews and collect other forms of research material in the field and prepare this material for preservation and analysis
3.3. can provide logical explanations for the importance of folkloristic and ethnological knowledge.
3.4. know how to think critically.
3.5. show initiative in drawing conclusions with regard to particular folkloristic and ethnological projects.
3.6. know how to explain folkloristic and ethnological phenomena, and can provide logical explanations for their conclusions for others in public.
3.7 know how to construct an organised piece of academic writing.
3.7. know how to use the main forms of digital technology in order to increase her/his knowledge and to gather materials.
3.8. have attained the necessary academic skills to be able to take on further academic study.
3.9. have attained independence, and breadth and originality of thought which can later be applied to both work and study.
3.10. have the ability to study independently, to organise their work and their time, and to keep to time plans.
3.11 have attained the necessary academic skills to maintain their knowledge.