Most courses on the PhD programme are mandatory and included in the first year of studies. In addition to the mandatory courses there is a selection of optional courses.

All courses that give credits, and mandatory elements that do not, are stated in the General Syllabus for Ph.D. Studies and course list adopted by the Department board. 


Mandatory courses (year 1)


Methods course, 15 ects

The course consists of four different modules, philosophy of science, quantitative methods, methods for analyzing text and comparative and case study methods. The course provides an orientation in different methods in order to enable an informed selection of method and broaden political science perspectives. The course is organized in collaboration with Uppsala University.
Contact person:
Thomas Sommerer
Syllabus:
Research methods (52 Kb)


Research problems in political science, 7,5 ects

The course aims to provide an orientation in research problems in political science and an enhanced ability to identify, describe, construct and evaluate research problems.
Contact person:
Hans Agné
Syllabus:
Research problems (55 Kb)


Political science research fields, part I, 7,5 ects

The course aims to enhance the knowledge of what constitutes a research field and how it is defined, the significance of previous research for the research process and its place in the design of a research project. The course also brings up strategies for systematic reading and information about how to search for and handle information. During the course, a literature list and a description of the research field/s is developed.
Contact person:
Magnus Reitberger
Syllabus:
Research fields I+II (44 Kb)


Methods in practice, 7,5 ects

The course involves the identification of a central methods problem, not necessarily related to the dissertation, and the development of a solution to this with the aim of becoming thoroughly acquainted with a certain method. The course further provides continued orientation in the methods applied within the group and is examined through participation in a national methods retreat.
Contact person:
Andreas Duit
Syllabus:
Applied methods (42 Kb)


Political science research fields, part II, 7,5 ects

The course constitutes a continuation of ’Political science research fields, part I’ and aims to deepen the knowledge of how to relate to and write about previous research. The course involves discussion and practice related to different ways of designing a previous research chapter or section, the function of this in relation to other parts of the research text as well as how to relate this to the research project through the writing of such a text for the chosen research project.
Contact person:
Magnus Reitberger
Syllabus:
Research fields I+II


Optional courses


The nuts and bolts of writing a Swedish political science dissertation, 7,5 ects

This course will be offered in the end of the autumn term 2017. The course is offered every two years and aims to enhance the knowledge concerning what constitutes a dissertation and how various problems related to methods and structure have been dealt with in practice. During the course, the participants will read external dissertations and participate in seminars with researchers at the department who have been discussants at dissertation defenses or have similar experiences. The course is suitable during year 2-4 (depending on the development of the project).
Contact person:
Ulf Mörkenstam
Syllabus:
The nuts and bolts (53 Kb)


How to write an article for publication (Artikelbyggarkurs), 7,5 ects

This course will be offered in the beginning of autumn term 2017. The course is offered every two years and aims to provide training in the handicraft of writing an article for publication in a scientific journal. The course is suitable during year 2-5 (depending on the development of the project). To participate in the course, you are required to submit a preliminary draft of an article just prior to the start of the course.
Contact person:
Alexandra Segerberg
 

Other courses within the graduate studies programme

For more information about the courses, please contact Hans Agné at hans.agne@statsvet.su.se
 

Ph.D. courses at the Faculty of Social Sciences

Some Ph.D. courses at the Faculty are open for all Ph.D. Candidates from the different Departments. More information about those courses here.