Brief description:

This module  aims to familiarise fellows with the university as well as serving as a refresher course for good academic working methods. Fellows are introduced  to Icelandic society and Icelandic culture to provide background to some of the ideas and practises fellows will encounter later in the programme. The module includes intensive sessions in English as a foreign language (spoken and written). Fellows will be encouraged to participate actively in the sessions.


Learning outcomes:     

On successful completion of this module fellows will be able to:


  • Find their way around the university and know where key resources for their studies and research are located.
  • Understand  the key features of analytical methods, critical argumentation and main characterics of good academic essays and reports.
  • Demonstrate good presentation skills.
  • Express themselves with confidence in English.


Topics include: Icelandic history and culture, critical, analytical and argumentative thinking, essay writing, written and oral presentation skills, English as a foreign language.

Teaching and learning methods:

Methods are varied and include seminars, tutorials, lectures, self-directed and self-study, video, visual aids, field visits.