The interdisciplinary Elite Graduate Programme in Cognitive Semiotics deals with the creation of meaning in perception, thought and language. People think in terms of meaning; we gain experience; we think and reason and acquire new insights. Finally, we communicate freely about our experiences, thoughts and perceptions.
Man interacts with meaningful phenomena but also produces meanings in communication, science and art. But how do we do this? How does this play out in language; in the way we perceive things; in the natural and social world?
In the cognitive semiotics programme, students work with human meaning creating: How do we perceive meaning and what do we make meaning ourselves?
More about the programme
The cognitive semiotics programme is offered by the Centre for Semiotics, which belongs to the Scandinavian Department.
In 2008, the Master’s degree programme in Cognitive Semiotics was named Elite Graduate Programme by the Danish Ministry for Science, Technology and Innovation. This ‘elite’ status is reflected in the programmes’ close relations with all other semiotic research environments around the world, a collaboration which brings visiting lecturers and teachers to the programme and which allows our students to study abroad.
Cognitive Semiotics is first and foremost an interdisciplinary programme which draws on neuroscience, philosophy, logic, linguistics, anthropology, cognitive science and literary theory.
There is also a close relationship between research and teaching in Aarhus, as the number of students is limited.
The Centre for Semiotics hosts an open research seminar where current issues within semiotics and its relationship with other disciplines are discussed. Students are more than welcome to attend this seminar as well as the symposiums that are held at regular intervals.
For more information about the Centre for Semiotics, please go to: http://www.hum.au.dk/semiotics/home.html