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The Doctoral Programme in Philosophy, Education and Media

The purpose of the Doctoral Program in Philosophy, Education and Media is to offer the framework for the education of doctoral students in these three wide-ranging disciplines. As a basic principle, both the tenured faculty and the doctoral students at the Institute of Philosophy, Education and Media collaborate closely in the planning of the activities taking place under this program. It is a very active program with a broad range of activities both locally and at the national level, including courses, work-in-progress seminars, study circles and courses/summer school at the national level.

The aim of the courses is to support both the theoretical and the empirical efforts of the doctoral students, and this implies that there will be a selection of thematic as well as methodological courses. In every semester, we offer courses in each of the three disciplines and in central problems of the philosophy of science and of methodology. The courses in the philosophy of science aim at safeguarding the insight of the doctoral students into different understandings of science and different types of scientific work. To ensure that doctoral students obtain broad competencies in methodology we offer courses in qualitative as well as quantitative methods. We emphasize that doctoral students are proficient in a variety of scientific genres and publication modes and forms. We invite established researchers from other universities at home and abroad to give presentations and partake in discussions. We offer approximately one course per month.

Work-in-progress seminars aim at creating a framework for the advanced discussions of the doctoral students’ dissertation drafts. In the first phase we arrange start-up seminars with student presentations and feedback from faculty and other doctoral students. Next, we arrange midway seminars, where we in a more formal manner call in opponents to comment on drafts and problems presented by the doctoral students. Approximately half a year before the submission date, we arrange a test defence of the dissertation. Here the doctoral student presents a draft of the dissertation, again with a formal opponent from the faculty at the seminar. In addition to these seminars, we arrange critique seminars, where students may present and receive critique of drafts of articles or parts of their dissertation.

Doctoral students themselves arrange study circles. This includes discussions of problems of relevance for their dissertations, of central authors or texts and of own drafts. The doctoral students may call in members of faculty to facilitate their common discussions of relevant problems.

For each of the three disciplines of philosophy, education and media the doctoral program collaborates in national networks, under which doctoral students may find common courses and the annual summer schools.

Proposals for activities under the Doctoral Program in Philosophy, Education and the Study of Religions may be directed to the Program’s director: Associate professor Anne-Marie Søndergaard Christensen.

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