PhD course winter/spring 2021: Contemporary research on public administration: close reading of PhD theses
Writing a PhD thesis, doing courses, reading literature and meeting colleagues from other universities is pretty much what a PhD programmes are about. This course combines all.
It is about reading and discussing contemporary PhD theses about Public Sector in a broad sense. The course will be zoom-based, participants from Nordic countries (and beyond) and starts in December 2020. The faculty come from Åbo Academy (Faculty of Social Science, Business and Economics) and the School of Public Administration at University of Gothenburg.
The course is supported by Nordic Academy of Management (NFF) and that students form NFF members institutions take priority to the course.The general goal of the course is two-fold. First, it aims at giving an orientation of contemporary research in social sciences (as business administration, sociology, political science, public administration), that elaborate on and problematize trends in public organizations and its organizations, governance, management, control and context. That goal is met by the reading of, discussing and reflecting on contemporary PhD theses (not older than three years).
Second, the course aims at giving an understanding of the PhD thesis as a genre. This aim is met through seminars where the form and content of PhD theses is discussed. The PhD theses are selected by the participating doctoral students. The course has eight such seminars; at each, three (3) PhD theses are discussed, and each participant writes a reflection before each seminar. The course is finalized with course paper where the participant relates the theses read to her own ongoing PhD project.
For more information or to apply, please contact Patrik Zapata.