The course includes in-class activities and preparation. The in-class activities take place during half-day seminars approximately every second month during the academic semesters. Preparation includes preparing manuscripts for presentation, reading peers’ manuscripts, and reading assigned literature. The manuscripts are closely related to, and contingent upon, the students’ on-going research. In the seminars, PhD students reconsider or defend contested issues in their own work and comment on each other’s work. The seminars also include addressing specific themes in research design and writing, as identified throughout the course. Relevant themes for each session will be jointly decided upon, based on the specific contributions from the PhD students and on the students’ current writing challenges. Senior researchers may be invited based on the theme for the specific session. In addition to the sessions for discussion of PhD students’ own writing, one session per year will be fully devoted to discussing practices and challenges in interdisciplinary research on a more general level, including topics such as common methodological and theoretical approaches, the relationship between disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and suitable publication outlets, and more. Students taking the course at the advanced level will be responsible for arranging this seminar.
The course is self-paced, meaning that students can enrol at any point in time and receive their credits after finishing the required elements for a single module. These elements are
• participation in four seminars
• presentation and discussion of one’s own manuscripts and submission of the associated revision of this manuscript, and
• commenting on minimum four manuscripts (written and oral)
• writing of a reflection paper on a theme decided for each module and that will be discussed during a seminar (500 words)
The design of this course as self-paced serves to ensure an even flow of written contributions at different stages of development from the PhD students. It also provides the possibility to integrate new PhD students from the beginning of their PhD studies.