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The Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Swedish Political science Dissertation/Avhandlingsbyggarkurs

2017-06-14

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Swedish Political Science Dissertation/Avhandlingsbyggarkurs

a joint PhD course held at Stockholm and Uppsala University, Dept. of Political Science/Dept. of Government, autumn 2017, 7,5 ECT

Starts Monday, October 16th; ends Friday, December 15th

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Swedish Political Science Dissertation/Avhandlingsbyggarkurs

a joint PhD course held at Stockholm and Uppsala University, Dept. of Political Science/Dept. of Government, autumn 2017, 7,5 ECT

Starts Monday, October 16th; ends Friday, December 15th

Objectives

PhD students should:

  • get an overview of Swedish dissertations in different fields of political science, and how they are composed as either monographs or as compilation theses
  • get an understanding of what is required of a dissertation in political science
  • learn how to combine the necessary parts of a dissertation into a readable book of good academic quality
  • improve their skills in the genre of academic writing within the social sciences
  • improve their skills as constructive discussants/opponents.

Format of the Course

The course includes several seminars. Each seminar starts with a presentation of a Swedish political science dissertation, usually by the person who acted as the opponent at the thesis defense. One seminar, however, is held by a scholar who recently defended her thesis. The course participants are expected to have read the thesis and come prepared to discuss different aspects of it. The first seminar is scheduled for the 16th of October between 10:00 and 13:00. It will be followed by six more seminars, usually on Wednesdays, over the course of seven weeks. At two final seminars on the 13th and 15th of December the participants present and are given feedback on a longer written assignment.

Participants

This course is, first and foremost, meant for PhD students who have chosen their research topic, started writing and started the work of putting a book together. The course is meant for authors of both monographs and compilation theses.

Examination

Course requirements include:

  1. Attendance at the seminars.
  2. The preparation of shorter assignments for each seminar, 1-2 pages.
  3. A longer paper towards the end of the course: a written opposition to a dissertation, at a length of 3,000-5,000 words.
  4. Presentation of the course paper as an oral opposition, 20-25 minutes.

Course Reading List

Some more literature might be added to the list below.

Andersson, Eva-Lotta (2014) Kön och ansvar i sjukförsäkringen: en studie av utredningstexter 1944-2006, Umeå universitet.

http://umu.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A608661&dswid=-9401

Boréus, Kristina (2015) Anmälan av Eva-Lotta Anderssons avhandling: http://journals.lub.lu.se/index.php/st/article/view/11979/10649

Dahlström, Carl (2004) Nästan välkomna. Invandrarpolitikens retorik och praktik, Göteborgs universitet.

http://www.ipd.gu.se/digitalAssets/1314/1314621_n--stan-v--lkomna.pdf

Fägersten, Björn (2010) Sharing Secrets. Explaining International Intelligence Cooperation, Lund University.

Johannesson, Livia (2017) In Courts We Trust. Administrative Justice in Swedish Migration Courts, Stockholm University.

Persson, Monika (2014) The Dynamics of Policy Formation – Making Sense of Public Unsafety, Örebro University.

https://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:718148/FULLTEXT02.pdf

Reimerson, Elsa (2015) Nature, Culture, Rights: Exploring Space for Indigenous Agency in Protected Area Discourses, Umeå University.

.                     http://umu.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:865188/FULLTEXT01.pdf

Tallberg, Jonas (2011) Anmälan av Björn Fägerstens avhandling: http://journals.lub.lu.se/index.php/st/article/view/8341/7479

Wihlborg, Elin (2015) Anmälan av Monika Perssons avhandling: http://journals.lub.lu.se/index.php/st/article/view/15586

In addition, each participant should read one dissertation of their choice for the examination.

‘Mini Course’

It is possible to enroll in a ‘mini course’ that does not offer course credit, but instead, a certificate of attendance. Those who choose this variety should attend Seminar 1 and at least three of the Seminars 2-7 and are expected to prepare for the seminars in the same way as those enrolled in the full course.

Course Language

The discussions will be held in Swedish or English, depending on the language skills of the participants. All participants are expected to read theses in both English and Swedish.

Schedule

Seminar 1. Monday, October 16              Kristina Boréus                   10-13, UU/SU

                                                                  Ulf Mörkenstam   

Readings: TBA

Seminar 2. Wednesday, October 25        Kristina Boréus                   13-16, UU

Readings: Andersson (2014)

Optional extra material to read AFTER the seminar: Boréus (2015)

Seminar 3. Wednesday, November 1       Shirin Ahlbäck Öberg         13-16, UU

Readings: Dahlström (2004)

Seminar 4. Wednesday, November 8       Elin Wihlborg                     13-16, SU F702

Readings: Persson (2014)

Optional extra material to read AFTER the seminar: Wihlborg (2015)

Seminar 5. Wednesday, November 15     Ulf Mörkenstam                 13-16, SU F702

Readings: Reimerson (2015)

Seminar 6. Wednesday, November 22     Jonas Tallberg                     13-16, SU F702

Readings: Fägersten (2010)

Optional extra material to read AFTER the seminar: Tallberg (2011)

Seminar 7. Wednesday, November 29     Livia Johannesson              13-16, SU F702

Readings: Johannesson (2017)

Seminar 8. Wednesday, December 13     Kristina Boréus                   10-13, UU/SU

Examination                                             Ulf Mörkenstam

Seminar 9. Friday, December 15              Kristina Boréus                   13-16, UU/SU

Examination                                              Ulf Mörkenstam

Registration

Please register by sending an e-mail to ulf.morkenstam@statsvet.su.se.

The teaching staff

  • Kristina Boréus is professor of political science at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University and former Director of the PhD programme in political science at Stockholm University. She has taught several Master’s and PhD courses on research design and is an experienced supervisor of PhD students.
  • Ulf Mörkenstam is associate professor in political science at Stockholm University and former Director of the PhD programme in political science. He has taught several PhD courses on research problems in political science and is an experienced supervisor of PhD students.

Apart from Kristina and Ulf, who are the main teachers, the following political scientists who have acted as opponents at dissertation defenses will – alongside a political scientist that recently defended her thesis – lead the seminars:

  • Shirin Ahlbäck Öberg, associate professor in political science, Uppsala University
  • Livia Johannesson, PhD in political science, Stockholm University
  • Jonas Tallberg, professor in political science, Stockholm University
  • Elin Wihlborg, professor in political science, Linköping University

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The Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Swedish Political science Dissertation/Avhandlingsbyggarkurs

2017-06-14

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Swedish Political Science Dissertation/Avhandlingsbyggarkurs

a joint PhD course held at Stockholm and Uppsala University, Dept. of Political Science/Dept. of Government, autumn 2017, 7,5 ECT

Starts Monday, October 16th; ends Friday, December 15th

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Swedish Political Science Dissertation/Avhandlingsbyggarkurs

a joint PhD course held at Stockholm and Uppsala University, Dept. of Political Science/Dept. of Government, autumn 2017, 7,5 ECT

Starts Monday, October 16th; ends Friday, December 15th

Objectives

PhD students should:

  • get an overview of Swedish dissertations in different fields of political science, and how they are composed as either monographs or as compilation theses
  • get an understanding of what is required of a dissertation in political science
  • learn how to combine the necessary parts of a dissertation into a readable book of good academic quality
  • improve their skills in the genre of academic writing within the social sciences
  • improve their skills as constructive discussants/opponents.

Format of the Course

The course includes several seminars. Each seminar starts with a presentation of a Swedish political science dissertation, usually by the person who acted as the opponent at the thesis defense. One seminar, however, is held by a scholar who recently defended her thesis. The course participants are expected to have read the thesis and come prepared to discuss different aspects of it. The first seminar is scheduled for the 16th of October between 10:00 and 13:00. It will be followed by six more seminars, usually on Wednesdays, over the course of seven weeks. At two final seminars on the 13th and 15th of December the participants present and are given feedback on a longer written assignment.

Participants

This course is, first and foremost, meant for PhD students who have chosen their research topic, started writing and started the work of putting a book together. The course is meant for authors of both monographs and compilation theses.

Examination

Course requirements include:

  1. Attendance at the seminars.
  2. The preparation of shorter assignments for each seminar, 1-2 pages.
  3. A longer paper towards the end of the course: a written opposition to a dissertation, at a length of 3,000-5,000 words.
  4. Presentation of the course paper as an oral opposition, 20-25 minutes.

Course Reading List

Some more literature might be added to the list below.

Andersson, Eva-Lotta (2014) Kön och ansvar i sjukförsäkringen: en studie av utredningstexter 1944-2006, Umeå universitet.

http://umu.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A608661&dswid=-9401

Boréus, Kristina (2015) Anmälan av Eva-Lotta Anderssons avhandling: http://journals.lub.lu.se/index.php/st/article/view/11979/10649

Dahlström, Carl (2004) Nästan välkomna. Invandrarpolitikens retorik och praktik, Göteborgs universitet.

http://www.ipd.gu.se/digitalAssets/1314/1314621_n--stan-v--lkomna.pdf

Fägersten, Björn (2010) Sharing Secrets. Explaining International Intelligence Cooperation, Lund University.

Johannesson, Livia (2017) In Courts We Trust. Administrative Justice in Swedish Migration Courts, Stockholm University.

Persson, Monika (2014) The Dynamics of Policy Formation – Making Sense of Public Unsafety, Örebro University.

https://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:718148/FULLTEXT02.pdf

Reimerson, Elsa (2015) Nature, Culture, Rights: Exploring Space for Indigenous Agency in Protected Area Discourses, Umeå University.

.                     http://umu.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:865188/FULLTEXT01.pdf

Tallberg, Jonas (2011) Anmälan av Björn Fägerstens avhandling: http://journals.lub.lu.se/index.php/st/article/view/8341/7479

Wihlborg, Elin (2015) Anmälan av Monika Perssons avhandling: http://journals.lub.lu.se/index.php/st/article/view/15586

In addition, each participant should read one dissertation of their choice for the examination.

‘Mini Course’

It is possible to enroll in a ‘mini course’ that does not offer course credit, but instead, a certificate of attendance. Those who choose this variety should attend Seminar 1 and at least three of the Seminars 2-7 and are expected to prepare for the seminars in the same way as those enrolled in the full course.

Course Language

The discussions will be held in Swedish or English, depending on the language skills of the participants. All participants are expected to read theses in both English and Swedish.

Schedule

Seminar 1. Monday, October 16              Kristina Boréus                   10-13, UU/SU

                                                                  Ulf Mörkenstam   

Readings: TBA

Seminar 2. Wednesday, October 25        Kristina Boréus                   13-16, UU

Readings: Andersson (2014)

Optional extra material to read AFTER the seminar: Boréus (2015)

Seminar 3. Wednesday, November 1       Shirin Ahlbäck Öberg         13-16, UU

Readings: Dahlström (2004)

Seminar 4. Wednesday, November 8       Elin Wihlborg                     13-16, SU F702

Readings: Persson (2014)

Optional extra material to read AFTER the seminar: Wihlborg (2015)

Seminar 5. Wednesday, November 15     Ulf Mörkenstam                 13-16, SU F702

Readings: Reimerson (2015)

Seminar 6. Wednesday, November 22     Jonas Tallberg                     13-16, SU F702

Readings: Fägersten (2010)

Optional extra material to read AFTER the seminar: Tallberg (2011)

Seminar 7. Wednesday, November 29     Livia Johannesson              13-16, SU F702

Readings: Johannesson (2017)

Seminar 8. Wednesday, December 13     Kristina Boréus                   10-13, UU/SU

Examination                                             Ulf Mörkenstam

Seminar 9. Friday, December 15              Kristina Boréus                   13-16, UU/SU

Examination                                              Ulf Mörkenstam

Registration

Please register by sending an e-mail to ulf.morkenstam@statsvet.su.se.

The teaching staff

  • Kristina Boréus is professor of political science at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University and former Director of the PhD programme in political science at Stockholm University. She has taught several Master’s and PhD courses on research design and is an experienced supervisor of PhD students.
  • Ulf Mörkenstam is associate professor in political science at Stockholm University and former Director of the PhD programme in political science. He has taught several PhD courses on research problems in political science and is an experienced supervisor of PhD students.

Apart from Kristina and Ulf, who are the main teachers, the following political scientists who have acted as opponents at dissertation defenses will – alongside a political scientist that recently defended her thesis – lead the seminars:

  • Shirin Ahlbäck Öberg, associate professor in political science, Uppsala University
  • Livia Johannesson, PhD in political science, Stockholm University
  • Jonas Tallberg, professor in political science, Stockholm University
  • Elin Wihlborg, professor in political science, Linköping University