Kaisa_2012_3_photo by Veikko Somerpuro

6.8.2019 at 12:00 - 31.1.2020 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Tue 20.8.2019
10:30 - 15:30
Tue 10.9.2019
10:30 - 15:30
Tue 22.10.2019
10:30 - 15:30
Tue 26.11.2019
10:30 - 15:30
Tue 21.1.2020
10:30 - 15:00
Tue 25.2.2020
10:30 - 15:00
Tue 10.3.2020
10:30 - 15:00
Tue 31.3.2020
10:30 - 15:00
Tue 5.5.2020
10:30 - 15:00


  • Methods courses relevant to the dissertation methodological approach
  • Other available courses directly related to the research topic of the doctoral candidate, in consultation with the supervisor.
  • Development of presentation, writing, assessment and debating skills within social policy
  • Development of the doctoral research
  • Knowledge of current state of the art literature, debates and topics in the field of social policy
  • Ability to revise work in response to constructive criticism received.

All periods, every two weeks. Start on that term when registering as a doctoral candidate.

  • Once in two weeks a presentation of ongoing research work of the PhD candidates, which has been pre-circulated as a text. These presentations can include: research plans and full research proposals; discussion of preliminary results; development of analysis; research article drafts; presentation of final results; and presentation of dissertation defence oral address.
  • Discussants provide initial responses to the presentation and lead the discussion
  • Participants are expected to actively engage in the discussion

The key activity in this course is intellectual debate between peers concerning specific written and orally presented texts that relate to the discipline and/or research area of social policy. That is also the core teaching method: providing participants regular and sustained practice in the most important intellectual skills of an academic, while at the same time regularly exposing the participants to state of the art debates in their own discipline. The techniques used will include: guidance on the writing and presentation of texts; oral presentations made using visual and multimedia aids; practice in constructive criticism, defence of an argument, and development of questioning and answering skills.

The seminar is a space in which participants develop their own research, learn to present it and gain knowledge of their own discipline. As such, it is not a graded course. Most important for this course is regular attendance and active participation in the seminar.

Language of instruction: Finnish/ English

  • Attendance is compulsory, unless given an exemption on the grounds of having already completed an equivalent course. In that case, attendance is nevertheless strongly recommended, as the disciplinary seminar is the key venue where the doctoral research environment is developed and maintained.
  • Each participant will present a written paper per term.
  • Active participation in the seminar as discussant and addressing questions to the speaker.

Heikki Hiilamo and Ullamaija Seppälä (autumn 2017 Anne Kouvonen and Ulla-Maija Seppälä)