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

Research Design in Qualitative Inquiry

7.5 credits
Study period: 26 August - 25 September 2024
Apply by: 15 August 2024

This course is focused on questions about research design in qualitative research. In-depth studies of one case and/or case-based comparative analysis, often based on qualitative data, constitute cornerstones in social science research. During the course different types and purposes of case studies, principles behind case-selections and design of studies, as well as process-tracing and different understandings of causal mechanisms and how it might be used for research, will be addressed and discussed.

Contemporary Anthropological Theory

7.5 credits
Study period: 2 September - 16 October 2024
Apply by: 16 August 2024

The course aims to present major debates and themes in contemporary social anthropological theory. Focus is upon concepts, research questions and results. The course highlights contemporary analytical and theoretical perspectives in social anthropology and discusses how these problematize key issues in the discipline. The course also aims to discuss how analytical innovation is connected to earlier theoretical developments in the discipline and to assess how this innovation relates to broader changes in society.

The course is in Swedish but can be given in English if necessary.

Ethical and Methodological Challenges in Field Research

7.5 credits
Study period: 30 September - 1 November 2024
Apply by: 24 August 2024

The course addresses ethical and methodological challenges encountered by researchers doing fieldwork in various contexts in both the global South and the global North. It reflects on a range of problems a researcher encounters through the research process – from planning to data collection/production, analysis and dissemination of results. These include the challenge of navigating unequal power relations between researcher and “researched”, the role and position of research assistants, interpreters and gatekeepers, conducting research in insecure and difficult environments, approaching elite interviewees, and engaging in necessary but not excessive self-reflection.