PhD courses at the Faculty of Humanities

PhD courses at the Faculty of Humanities

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The Faculty of Humanities offers several PhD courses, and the content of the courses may vary from year to year. On this page you will find an overview of the couses and their schedules.

You can find the coursework components of the PhD programmes on their web sites:

Ph.D courses

Ph.D courses

Next teaching semester: Autumn 2022 - Deadline for applying September 15, 2022
Language of instruction: English

The course gives a broad introduction to the philosophy of science, with emphasis on the history of science, the social organization and dynamic of various sciences, the strategies of science in producing knowledge, and the interaction between science and society. There is a particular focus on communication practices and the establishment of scientific validity and reliability.

The course is given every semester, through six days in the fall (usually October/November) and in March/April in the spring.

The program for Autumn semester is: 

I.            12-13 October 

II.           26-27 October

III.          9-10 November

Read more about the Theories of Science course.

Next teaching semester:  Autumn 2022
Language of instruction: English / Norwegian

The course consists of discussions and reflections on theoretical and methodological texts of significance for the candidates' research projects.

On completing the course the candidate should be able to analyze theoretical interpretations, reasoning and academic arguments including outside of their discipline-specific framework

The course is offered continuously, please contact Professor Knut Ove Eliassen to sign up for the course.

Read more about the Foundational Discussions in Aesthetics Course.

Next teaching semester:  Autumn 2022, course start August 22
Language of instruction: English

This course provides an in-depth introduction to quantitative methods, covering some of the techniques most widely used in research in the historical and social sciences. Combining lectures and computer practicals, this hands-on course shows how to apply quantitative methods to historical information keeping statistical theory and mathematics to a minimum.

For more information, please contact Francisco J. Beltrán Tapia.

Read more about the Quantitative Methods for Historians course.

Next teaching semester:  Fall 2022
Language of instruction: English

The course consists of discussions and reflections on theoretical and methodological texts of significance for the candidates’ research projects.

The course is held as a series of seminars. 

Read more aabout the Theory and Method in Philosophy course

Next teaching semester:  Autumn 2022
Language of instruction: English

The course consists of discussions and reflections on theoretical and methodological texts of significance for the candidates’ research projects. On completing the course, the candidate should be able to analyze theoretical interpretations, reasoning, and academic arguments within and outside of the discipline-specific frameworks.

Read more about the Theories and Methods in Linguistics course.

Next teaching semester:  Spring 2023. Deadline for registration 2023 is January 15.
Language of instruction: English 

This course provides an advanced introduction to qualitative research methods with an emphasis on analytical approaches and strategies common for humanities and social science research with an empirical focus. The aim of the course is to give a broad overview of some of the most used social science methods with a special emphasis on reflection and methodology.

Read more about the Social Science Methods course.

Next teaching semester:  Spring 2023
Language of instruction: English

Geo-spatial information is crucially shaping our understanding of the world we live in. 
Scheduled over four three-hour lab sessions, this hands-on course provides a thorough overview of how to map spatial information and apply Geographic Information Systems in empirical studies using ArcGIS. This course will interest graduate students in History, Economics, Sociology and Political Science. No previous background in GIS is required.

Read more about the Digital Mapping for the Humanities and the Social Sciences course.

Next teaching semester:  Spring 2023
Language of instruction: Norwegian / English

This course is aimed at PhD-candidates researching linguistic interactions in professions. The course will give foundational skills in transcribing and analysing conversational interactions, and will put a conversational analytical approach in a wider theoretical/methodological context and within the context of research ethics.

Read more about the Conversation analysis course

Next teaching semester:  Spring 2023
Language of instruction: English

This course provides PhD students with concepts and tools to understand what environmental sustainability (ES) is, the kinds of challenges it raises, the actors involved in such issues, and how academics can help initiate societal transformations towards this goal. With an interdisciplinary approach, the course takes the model of strong sustainability as a point of departure, i.e., the biosphere is considered a life-supporting system that restricts and renders possible human activity. Consequently, the course will explore how this affects technological and scientific development, economic issues, policymaking, and the organization of society.

Read more about the Environmental Sustainability and Societal Transformation course.

Next teaching semester:  Spring 2023
Language of instruction: English

The course covers important discussions and challenges in the international field of science and technology studies. The exact content will vary.

The course is an advanced introduction to science and technology studies (STS) through lectures and discussion of articles. Some of the articles to be deliberated in the discussion sessions are “classics” or raise important issues, others present work from people at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, and hence give a glance of the different empirical topics STS researchers are and have been engaged in.

Read more about the Technology, Science and Culture course.

Next teaching semester:  Autumn 2023
Language of instruction: English

This course prepares PhD candidates and early career researchers within biotechnology, life science and neighbouring scientific fields to adopt Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in their research practice.

We introduce the body of academic knowledge underpinning the RRI concept, namely Science and Technology Studies (STS) and history, philosophy and sociology of science. The main course objective is to enhance participants knowledge on how scientific work is intertwined with changes in society and to introduce them to ideas of democratization of science and current international discussions on RRI. 

Read more about the RRI course Digital Life Norway

Next teaching semester:  Spring 2024 (Tentative)
Language of instruction: English

This course will explore the centrality of storytelling and diverse narrative practices in the environmental humanities, not only as tools of communication that promote understanding of complex environmental processes and capture ecological imagination, but also as catalysts to emotion and pathways to civic engagement.

Read more about the Topics in Environmental Humanities course.

Next teaching semester:  To be determined
Language of instruction: English / Norwegian

The course targets all candidates at the PhD programme in Historical and Cultural Studies, and aims to illuminate critical issues through the multidisciplinary prism of the programme. The candidate has knowledge of important methods and approaches, particularly those with relevance to their own project.

Read more about the Theory and Method in Historical and Cultural Studies Course.

Next teaching semester: To be determined  
Language of instruction:
Norwegian

The course covers important discussions and challenges in Nordic and international research on gender. The exact content will vary. 

Lectures/seminars or an individually chosen topic with supervision. Essay (10 to 15 pages). The course may be offered as part of a national cooperation. Requires admission to a PhD programme. Teaching will be offered in English if necessary.

Read more about the Special topics in Gender - and diversity studies course.

Next teaching semester: To be determined
Language of instruction: English / Norwegian

This course offers certain specialized topics in language theory, interpreted in a broad sense (e.g. in phonetics, syntax, pragmatics, language and cognition, translation, language learning, language change, sosiolinguistics). The content will vary according to the candidates interests and projects.

Read more about the Linguistic Theory Course.

Next teaching semester:  To be determined
Language of instruction: English / Norwegian

A selection of qualitative and quantitative methods will be presented and discussed as they are, or could be, used in research activities related to the PhD-candidates' work.

Read more about the Methods of Linguistics Course.