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 possess knowledge of the fundamentals of general linguistics.
1.2. Students have a basic knowledge of methods, theories and concepts in linguistics.
1.3. Students have a general perspective over Modern Icelandic, Old Norse and the history of Icelandic.
1.4. Students have learned to approach a specific area and/or period in linguistics, phonetics, morphology, syntax and semantics in a scholarly manner.
1.5. Students examine a more specialised field of linguistics than previously (e.g., Icelandic from a historical or contemporary perspective, Indo-European comparative linguistics, psychological aspects of language, sociological or anthropological aspects of language or foreign languages or language groups).
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 are able to work independently and in an organised manner on specific subjects within the field of linguistics.
2.3. Students are able to use guidance and comments in order to enhance linguistic analysis.
2.4. Students are able to set objectives, prepare a project schedule and follow it when writing a scholarly paper.
2.5. Students are able to engage in linguistic analysis on their own.
2.6. Students are able to address a specialised subject within linguistics and report on it in a scholarly manner.
3. Theoretical skills
3.1. Students know the fundamentals of critical research and are able to draw on sources in their own analysis.
3.2. Students have a good understanding of scholarly texts and are able to use them in their work.
3.3. Students are able to use linguistic concepts in analysis and essay writing.
3.4. Students have acquired the skills to analyse texts from a linguistic perspective.
3.5. Students are acquainted with languages that are very different from Icelandic and most neighbour languages, or one ancient Indo-European language.
3.6. Students are acquainted with the history of linguistics, and their knowledge of phonology, phonetics, inflectional and derivational morphology and syntax has increased.
3.7. Students have acquired considerable expertise in one area of linguistics.
4. Communication skills
4.1. Students show initiative and interest in their studies.
4.2. Students are able to work independently and in groups.
4.3. Students are able to express themselves clearly and in an organised manner in speaking and writing.
4.4. Students are able to report on linguistic subjects in a public forum.
4.5. Students are able to write on topics within linguistics and satisfy academic requirements regarding use of sources and formatting of scholarly papers.
4.6. Students are able to address a specialised subject within linguistics in some depth and report on it in the form of a final thesis.
5. General learning skills
5.1. Students have acquired necessary learning skills to be able to undertake graduate studies in linguistics and other related subjects.
5.2. Students adopt the essentials of scientific analysis and autonomy.