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Compulsory introduction courses

All PhD candidates must take the faculty’s introduction courses. The courses are compulsory and worth a total of 5 ECTS credits.

Teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic

All of the Faculty of Humanities’ joint and compulsory Ph.D courses planned for 2021 (introduction, ethics and theories of knowledge courses) will be held. It has not yet been determined whether the courses will be digital or in-person.

Questions about the courses should be directed to the course coordinator (Espen Ytreberg, except questions specifically concerning the ethics course (Bjørn Torgrim Ramberg,


The introduction courses consist of an introductory seminar, a course in theories of knowledge and a research ethics course. Application for exemption is to be sent to the PhD Coordinator at your department.

PhD Introduction course (2 credits)

This two-day introductory seminar for all new PhD candidates in the humanities will address the PhD programme and what being an employee at the University of Oslo formally entails. It will also teach a range of basic skills for junior academics.

The introduction course has three main components. Firstly, it informs about the rights and duties of Ph.D candidates as employees at the Faculty of Humanities. Second, it features presentations and discussions of each participant’s Ph.D project in a group setting. Third, the course contains sessions on a range of basic skills that are useful for handling future work in or outside of an academic setting.

Examples of sessions include discussions of the advisory relationship; the choice between monographs and article-based theses; workshops on academic conference presentations; writing article abstracts; handling editorial processes. The course also includes a panel on future careers, featuring Faculty of Humanities alumni.

The course requires a compulsory preparation.

When: Twice per year - Spring and Autumn

Theories of knowledge in the humanities (2 credits)

The course in theories of knowledge features discussions of the history and legitimacy of the humanities, as well as selecting key topics in humanities debates for closer examination. It highlights current scholarly discussions of key humanities concepts and concerns, such as the status of the text, the interpretation of subjects, their contexts and histories, as well as developments in the medical, digital and environmental humanities. In pedagogical terms, the course combines talks, lectures, panel and discussion formats.

The course requires the candidates to write a paper in advance, outlining relevant theory of knowledge aspects of their thesis project for colleagues.

When: Twice per year - Spring and Autumn

Research ethics (1 credit)

The research ethics course aims to increase awareness of ethical issues that may arise when planning research projects, conducting research and disseminating findings and conclusions from research projects. The course is based in a wide understanding of what constitutes ethical concerns in the humanities, but also provides information of concrete ethical challenges and procedures in the research process, connected for instance with textual representation, interviewing and observing informants, with relevant ethical rules and regulations.

The course requires preparing a short text in advance that outlines ethical issues relevant to the candidate’s PhD project.

When: Twice per year - Spring and Autumn

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