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Prizes for pedagogy and study environment

The faculty annually awards prizes to reward and stimulate work with pedagogical development and the promotion of a good study environment.

Nominate award winners for 2023

Nominations are now open for the faculty's pedagogical prize and for the study environment prize.

Nominations must be received no later than 31 March .

You can find more about the prizes, who can nominate, preparation process, etc. further down this page.

The faculty's Excellence in Teaching prize

The Faculty of Social Sciences annually awards a prize to "persons who have contributed to a particularly successful effort for the quality of education and / or the pedagogical development". The prize will be awarded for the first time in 2022 based on these criteria.

Who can nominate?

All employees, students and doctoral students at the University of Gothenburg can nominate candidates.

Who can get the prize?

Eligible for the award are individual teachers, teaching teams, an education, or teacher-led projects. The prize of SEK 50,000 is paid to the prize winner's institution / equivalent and shall be used to provide opportunities for self-improvement and development.

About the nomination process

The nomination process is open during the spring semester. The faculty appoints an assessment group consisting of one representative for the faculty management and faculty office, one from the group higher education pedagogical experts, and one representative for students and doctoral students. The assessment group examines the nominations received and puts forward one or more candidates. In June, the Faculty Board makes a decision on the winner, based on the evaluation group's proposal.

The Pedagogical Prize to teaching team in quantitative method

The faculty's pedagogical prize 2022 goes to the teaching team in quantitative method teaching at the Department of Sociology and Work Science: Patrik Vulkan, Erica Nordlander, Sofia Björk, Caroline Hasselgren and Jesper Prytz.

The motivation states that the teaching team “has through a goal-oriented, structured and student-centered development work promoted the quality of teaching about quantitative methods. The development work has been based on the assumption that there is great variation in the students' pre-understanding of quantitative methods, and in motivation to learn these methods. Another point of departure has been to make quantitative method teaching social science-relevant. (…) The variety of teaching methods has, in a successful way, been adapted and developed in relation to the heterogeneous student group."



The Study Environment prize to Brännpunkt Europa

For the first time, the faculty awards a prize to encourage and reward work in promoting a good study environment. This very first prize goes to the student organization Brännpunkt Europa, which, according to the evaluation group, has “succeeded in engaging highly topical and profiled speakers in important subjects. The lectures are combined with mingling and food and become a meeting place for students as well as teachers and researchers. Brännpunkt Europa is a student-driven organization that, with a high-quality program, contributes to a stimulating study environment and an increased interest in European issues.”

The prize money of SEK 50,000 for each prize goes to the department where the prize winners operates, to be used for the prize winners' development.

"To have developed a formative examination that successfully stimulates student activity and commitment and motivates students to take independent responsibility for their learning. The teaching team has taken on a number of pedagogical challenges related to the course's common thread and content and students' need for broadening when it comes to mastering the production of different types of texts.

The examination form means that the students during the course write their own course literature in the form of a student anthology. The process includes elements of peer review and continuous feedback. Through the work on the examination assignment, the students develop the ability to write pedagogical texts at the same time as they deepen their subject knowledge in the field of administration. "

Lenka Rovna, at Charles University in Prague, together with Jonathan Polk and Jan Rovny at the Department of Political Science.

From the assessment group's motivation: 

"... the teacher team is rewarded for a successful innovative pedagogical idea, developed through several years, that gives students the opportunity to put their academic knowledge in practical use in a voluntary project outside of formal teaching. The teacher team’s work on the project called Rebuilding Europe is collaborative and transnational.

The project helps to create a sense of reality of what the students learn theoretically in the Europe Programme and through clear student-driven learning activities student involvement in the education is stimulated. "

The teacher team Andréas Litsegård, Maria Stern, Johan Karlsson Schaffer and Linnea Gelot at the Department, School of Global Studies.

From the assessment group's motivation:

"The nominated teacher team is rewarded for, in the course Introduction to International Relations, for a number of years having systematically developed, and with great success, a clear educational idea based on scientific ground.

Through the collaboration with the Unit for Academic Languages (ASK), the teacher team has in its teaching in international relations integrated academic writing training through peer review. The teacher team works on the basis of a clear student-centered approach that stimulates the activity and motivation of the students. The students' writing ability develops gradually during the course, and while simultaneously training the students in giving and constructive feedback, their ability to develop critical and scientific thinking enhances."

Tone Försund, Stina Larsson and Anneline Sander at the Department of Sociology and Work Science.

From the assessment group's motivation: 

 “...the team of teachers has with great commitment developed a drama pedagogical method in a breadth of courses both within and outside the department (...) Their work contributes in particular to shaping profession-related problematics and in an innovative fashion developing students’ understanding of how theory and practice are related to each other.”

Photo: Natalie Greppi

The Study Environment Prize

From 2022, the Faculty of Social Sciences will award a "study environment prize". The purpose is to encourage and reward work in promoting a good study environment at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The award goes to individuals or groups who have contributed to improving students' and / or doctoral students' study environment.

Who can nominate?

All employees, students and doctoral students at the University of Gothenburg can nominate candidates.

Who can get the prize?

Those who can be nominated for the award are employees, an education, an administrative unit or an organization responsible for study or teaching activities. The prize money of SEK 50,000 is awarded to the department where the prize winner operates.