Programa de Pós-Graduação em Computação Aplicada

Languages and Culture

The Graduate Program in Languages and Culture is distinguished by its essentially multi/interdisciplinary approach. Linguistics and Literature are areas whose objects of study, naturally multifaceted, are treated under several angles by a cultural axe in its varied perspectives, such as: the theory models of Anthropology; the relation of culture with historical, social and ideological phenomena; the relation of culture with Art in its different expressions, with oral, material and performing culture, among others.

Taking that into account, the theoretical objects and the epistemic and methodological approaches of Linguistics and Literature are treated under delimitations which sometimes, even if inevitably, appear fuzzy, therefore challenging the limits imposed to these areas by the academic-scientific tradition. Linguistics, as a science of language, in this program, may be approached in a continuum ranging from grammar to discourse, including several application forms as language teaching, media, law and historical discourse to name a few. Literature, on an extremely rich universe, may be approached following paths moving from historical evolution, literary periods and genres, focusing on issues such as literary systems, gender, ethnicity, regionality, imaginary, media, literature teaching, as well as other multiple possibilities of investigation.

In both areas, examined under the eye of culture together with its diverse conceptualization, there is also the possibility of examining issues regarding basic education, to which linguistic and literary research must provide contribution.

Egress profile

The Graduate Program in Languages and Culture egress profile is conceived from:

(a) a training of excellence that allows the egress to integrate, oppose and propose epistemological, theoretical and methodological models of the Linguistics and Literature areas - to his/her research work and personal formation, qualifying the establishment of relevant connections, duly founded and innovative, to other fields of scientific knowledge, in accordance to social and scientific demands;
(b) an investigative conduct, denying common sense truths, aiming at amplifying and deepening knowledge on specific themes or related to the field of study and the taking of proactive scientific posture;
(c) the development of competences and skills related to research and to Higher education teaching;
(d) the theoretical and methodological problematization of life experiences which result in research projects whose nature is multi/interdisciplinary, taking into account the areas and lines of research of the program, therefore advancing scientific knowledge on the area, leading and/or integrating research groups and programs that can be interinstitutional, national or international;
(e) the development of productive skills inherent in scientific-academic discourse, oral and/or written, whose greatest purpose is to debate and promote the knowledge produced on a national or international basis;
(f) the development of a teaching and research practice grounded on ethics, whether it be on socially, historically and scientifically produced knowledge; or on the relationships maintained with the academic-scientific community in general, aiming at cooperating actively and respecting differences; and
(g) the development of a more autonomous posture, responsible for one's own learning, being aware that change is what permeates being, knowing, doing, researching, learning.

Lines of Research

This line of research comprises investigations that establish relations between linguistic and cultural phenomena under different theoretical and methodological perspectives.
(a) It includes studies of connections between the lexicum, grammar and discourse with cognitive and sociocultural factors of language in use, whether it be mother language or foreign language.
(b)It comprehends linguistic studies related to productions constituted by other expressive forms or sign systems, including language multimodality.
(c) It approaches the relationship between language and media on the face of constant technological and sociocultural changes.
(d) It embraces studies about the relation of language with school culture or other sociocultural factors related to teaching.

This line of research includes investigations that establish relations between literary, historical, and cultural phenomena under different theoretical and methodological perspectives.
(a) It comprises the study of different ways of artistic expression, languages and symbolic systems.
(b) It comprehends cultural studies regarding gender, identity and ethnicity on Literature.
(c) It approaches the study of the relationship between culture and regionality issues, which connects to other relevant concepts as delimited by its category of analysis.
(d) It includes the study of the relations of literary productions to school culture or to other sociocultural factors regarding teaching.


The Graduate Program in Languages and Culture aims at multi and interdisciplinary educational development of students, once its research objects converge to Languages, Linguistics and Literature - as well as Cultural Studies. Language, as a social and multi-faceted phenomenon, almost as a matter of course, integrates studies about culture, as cultural studies use language on some of their methods or consider it as an object on some approaches. Once a fertile scientific field - Languages and Literature - is intertwined with a complex concept such as culture, on a theory and a methodological level - one can expect the production of a great network of research whose feedback is constant and profitable.


Besides the graduates from Languages and Literature Courses, the program welcomes graduates from other fields of expertise, such as: Pedagogy, Communication, History, Arts, Law, among others that may relate directly or indirectly with the lines of research.

Schedule for Classes

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

5:15 pm to 7:30 pm
7:45 pm to 10 pm
3-credit subjects: 15 lectures plus 5 lessons covered by extra activities designed by the professors.

Graduate Program in Languages and Culture - Master's degree

Coordinatir: Márcio Miranda Alves
Secretary's office - e-mail: - Phone numbers + 55 (54) 3218-2620 - Building L - Room 207