In Cognitive Semiotics we study how meaning is created in every sense of the word, whether in perception, thought, or language. Humans experience things as meaningful; we learn by experience, we think, reason, and find new insight. And we effortlessly communicate our experiences, thoughts and ideas. Humans are sophisticated animals who not only comprehend meaningful phenomena, but also constantly produce meaning through communication, and through science and art.
But what are the essential characteristics of meaning construction? How does it work in language, in perception, in our interaction with the natural world, in the social world?
The goal of the programme in Cognitive Semiotics is to enable our students to come up with well-substantiated answers to these questions. Students acquire a solid, operational knowledge of the most important aspects of meaning making, and since human meaning construction is found in all the areas of our daily lives and activities, the programme is necessarily trans-disciplinary.
The programme consists of five main modules:
In addition to the above five modules, the programme offers several other courses and seminars. And the centre also has an open research seminar, where current questions regarding semiotics and its relationship to other areas, from mathematics to philosophy, from logic to anthropology and biology, are taken up, and various guest speakers are introduced and their presentations discussed.
Other courses treat specific subjects in depth, such as special areas of the history of semiotics, cognition research, the basis for semiotics, etc., and still others will be handled by PhD students, and will be based on their fields of research.
You will find the environment at Cognitive Semiotics very international. Since foreign students are also admitted, all instruction is offered in English (though of course Danish students may take their exams in Danish). And most importantly, our extensive network of international contacts means that we regularly have visits by foreign authorities who can impart expert knowledge in many areas: cognitive science, classic and modern semiotics, philosophy, cognitive psychology and linguistics, aesthetics, etc.
Our aim is not just to deliver research-based instruction, but to do “instruction-based research” – i.e. give competent students the opportunity to actively contribute to on-going research projects, and to participate in the organisation of and presentations at conferences.
Similarly, we expect that students be rationally questioning, constructively critical, active, eager for knowledge, and hardworking. We know that we have the framework for a highly qualified and insight-giving education in human meaning construction. But it is the students who make sense of the framework by filling it with commitment, enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity.
Anyone who fulfils these criteria is welcome at the Center for Semiotics. In return, we promise to take your education a very important step further.
The admissions requirement for the MA programme in cognitive semiotics is a completed Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a humanistic subject from a Danish or foreign university. Certain Bachelor’s degree programmes not belonging to these two categories may be granted an exemption from the admission requirements by the Board of Studies at the Scandinavian Department if the candidate for admission is able to argue convincingly for the relevance of the Bachelor’s degree.
The cognitive ssemiotics programme admits students on the basis of an overall assessment of their Bachelor’s degree, including marks and academic relevance, as well as an application stating reasons. You are therefore required to submit the following documents:
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You are normally required to take an English Proficiency Test if you come from a non-English speaking country.
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