Kaisa_2012_3_photo by Veikko Somerpuro

Enrol
13.12.2019 at 15:00 - 31.1.2020 at 23:59

Timetable

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

DateTimeLocation
Wed 2.10.2019
10:15 - 12:45
Wed 16.10.2019
10:15 - 12:45
Wed 30.10.2019
10:15 - 12:45
Wed 13.11.2019
10:15 - 12:45
Wed 27.11.2019
10:15 - 12:45
Wed 11.12.2019
10:15 - 12:45
Wed 29.1.2020
10:15 - 12:45
Wed 12.2.2020
10:15 - 12:45
Wed 26.2.2020
10:15 - 12:45
Wed 11.3.2020
10:15 - 12:45
Wed 25.3.2020
10:15 - 12:45
Wed 8.4.2020
10:15 - 12:45
Wed 22.4.2020
10:15 - 12:45

Description

Please contact the responsible teacher to register for the course: suvi.keskinen@helsinki.fi

Developing skills:
• to participate in a scientific debate within social sciences, particularly the research area of ethnic relations, nationalism, racism and post/decolonial studies.
• to write, present and assess a good research proposal
• to present the research aims, theoretical foundations and results of the study
• to design, write and publish research articles/monograph chapters
• to identify and communicate the practical implications of the study

All periods, every other week. The student should participate in the seminar from the very beginning of his/her doctoral studies, and continue for two academic years. It is recommended to continue seminar participation also during the 3rd and 4th year of doctoral studies, even if the credits for those years are not part of the obligatory studies.

The key activity in this course is intellectual debate between peers concerning specific written and orally presented texts that relate to the seminar’s research area. 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 the seminar’s research area. 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, defense of an argument, and development of questioning and answering skills. The responsible teacher convenes the seminar and facilitates discussion and provides constructive feedback on the seminar papers. The seminar also serves as a platform for discussions and exchange of ideas on issues related to diversity, equality, identity, multiculturalism, immigration and intergroup relations in contemporary societies between different research teams in the Doctoral Program of Social Sciences currently studying these topics. In addition, the seminar encourages its participants to engage in a larger societal debate concerning these issues via different events bridging academic research with its users.

The seminar is a space in which participants develop their own research, learn to present it and exchange knowledge with others doing their research within the same research area. As such, it is not a graded course. Most important for this course is regular attendance and active participation in the seminar.

The language of the course is English. The required 10 credits will be gained by participating in the PhD course for two academic years.

The seminar has biweekly meetings. Each participant presents one written paper per term; the paper may be a research proposal, preliminary data-analysis, a manuscript of a monograph chapter or a journal article, or the introduction or discussion of a specific theme that is part of the thesis.

The key activity in this course is intellectual discussion between peers concerning specific written and orally presented texts that relate to the seminar’s research area. 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 engaging regularly in the state of the art debates in the seminar’s research area. The seminar will consist of the writing and presentation of texts; oral presentations using visual and multimedia aids; practice in constructive criticism, defense of an argument, and development of questioning and answering skills. The responsible teacher convenes the seminar and facilitates discussion and provides constructive feedback on the seminar papers. The seminar also serves as a platform for discussions and exchange of ideas on issues related to ethnic relations, nationalism, racism, anti-racism, whiteness, intersectionality, critical migration studies and politics of belonging in contemporary societies. In addition, the seminar encourages its participants to engage in a larger societal debate concerning these issues via different events bridging academic research with the civil society, media and public institutions.