General Social Science Theory

Third-cycle level | 7.5 credits | Course code: SFGS310
HT 2020
Study period: 2020-08-31 - 2020-10-02
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: The course is given in English
Application period: 2020-06-03 - 2020-08-20
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Course description

This course focuses on key questions and debates of social science theory. The course runs over five weeks, and each week focuses on one topic, such as: agency and structure; constructions of social explanation; scales of social relations, local to global; ideational and material forces in social relations; and theory and practice, knowledge and action. During the course, the students will address larger strategic (meta-theoretical) choices of research approach and relate that to their own PhD project. 

Target group

The course is part of the compulsory coursework for PhD students in Peace & Development Research and Environmental Social Science at the University of Gothenburg. It is also open to PhD students at other departments and universities who are enrolled in a PhD programme in Peace & Development Research, Environmental Social Science or other relevant fields of study, or equivalent.

Requirements and Selection

Entry requirements

In order to be eligible for the course the applicant must fulfil the general entry requirements for third cycle studies. A good command of English is vital.

Selection

The course is open for students enrolled in a PhD program in Peace and Development Research, Environmental Social Science or other relevant fields of study, or equivalent.

PhD students at the School of Global Studies will be given priority. Other applicants will be assessed and admitted based on the relevance of their PhD project.

Other information

Online course.

Course syllabus

SFGS310

Department

School of Global Studies

CONTACTFlorian Kühn

florian.p.kuehn@gu.se