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University of Gothenburg


The School of Global Studies offers a number of doctoral courses that are open for PhD students from other departments and universities.

Upcoming courses

The following courses are scheduled to run during 2021.

Contemporary anthropological theory

Course period: 31 August-1 October 2021
7,5 credits

The course aims to present major debates and themes in contemporary social anthropological theory, focusing on concepts, research questions, and results.

General social science theory

Course period: 9 September-1 October 2021
7.5 credits

This course focuses on key questions and debates of social science theory, 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. 

Peace and development research

Course period:  11 October-17 December 2021
15 credits

The course focuses on Peace and Development Research as an academic field of research and discusses how we can understand this wide and cross-disciplinary field, its historical development, current relevance, and future directions.

Environmental governance and transitions to sustainability

Course period: 11 October-14 November 2021
7.5 credits

The course focuses on recent developments in research on environmental governance and raises critical questions on the potential of theories and methods on governance to address sustainability objectives e.g. related to climate and other environmental issues.

Anthropological engagements

Course period: 3-26 November 2021
7.5 credits

The course aims to give an overview of anthropology’s varied ways of engaging with the world and to identify the core scientific problems and ethical challenges that these present.

Political ecology: power, conflict, and sustainability

Course period: 15 November-17 December 2021
7.5 credits

The course focuses on political ecology as a toolbox for analyzing power, conflict, and sustainability in relation to the environment. It introduces key concepts and recent theoretical developments in the field, including environmental anthropology, ecological economics, intersectionality, and tools for conflict transformation.