PhD courses at Department of Thematic Studies (TEMA)

The PhD courses at the Department of Thematic Studies, Tema, reflects the inter- and multidisciplinary research profile of the department and more specific the four different research environments.

The main part of the PhD training is organized by the specific research environment, Child Studies, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, or Technology and Social Change, including supervision. A joint thematic over-arching course is offered once a year. Likewise, the doctoral students have a doctoral council as an arena for matters relating to all, regardless of research environment.

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Engaging with Normativity: Normative Embodiment and Normativity in Medical/Technological Knowledge Practices and Policy-Work (6 credits)

Period: October – November, 2021
Language: English
Course coordinator: Kristin Zeiler
Division: Technology and Social Change

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Infrastructures as a contested terrain (6 credits)

Period: 17 February – 20 March, 2020
Language: English
Course director: Harald Rohracher and Jonas Anshelm
Division: Technology and Social Change

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Interdisciplinary perspectives on sustainable development (3 credits)

Period: September – October, 2021
Language: English
Course director: Anders Hansson
Administration: Susanne Eriksson
Division: Environmental Change

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Key Concepts in Environmental Science

Preliminary period: September
Language: English
Course director: Björn-Ola Linnér
Division: Environmental Change

Methodology in Environmental Science

Preliminary period: 16 March – 20 April, 2022
Language: English
Course director: Åsa Danielsson and Mathias Fridahl
Division: Environmental Change

Ontologies, epistemologies and methodologies of interdisciplinary studies (7,5 credits)

Period: January – February, subsequently every year
Language: English
Course director: Madina Tlostanova
Department: Department of Thematic Studies

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Reimagining the humanities (10 credits)

Period: February, subsequently every year or when there is need
Language: English
Course director: Madina Tlostanova
Division: Gender Studies

Research planning and proposal writing

Period: April – October 2022
Language: English
Course director: Alex Enrich Prast
Division: Environmental Change

Writing the PhD – genre, form and evaluation (5 credits)

Period: Week 17, VT 2022
Lanugage: English
Course director: Ericka Johnson
Division: Gender Studies

Description: This course will discuss how PhD dissertations are written, shaped by formal requirements and local practices, and how they are evaluated. We will explore the PhD dissertation as a genre, asking what elements are incorporated in its production and discussing how these can be flexible. During the course, students will read a how-to book on writing a dissertation, as well as 3 different examples of PhD dissertations to get a feel for the variations that the genre can contain. We will also study the production steps outlined in the Tema PhD student handbooks and read an example of a Tema PhD dissertation at the 60% seminar, 90% seminar and the published final version. Finally, the course will invite professors to come and speak about recent PhD dissertations they have evaluated, giving insight into how a PhD is “graded” or evaluated.

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