Dissertation writing: How to write introductions to chapters and articles (1 ECTS)

How to write a high-quality PhD dissertation in history? The first writing workshop this year will be organized by the University of Agder. The  workshop will focus on how to write effective introductions to chapters and articles. Then, in small groups, students present and discuss their manuscripts and projects with peers and faculty. This will be an online course.

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The dissertation writing workshop is offered three times each year, organized by partner institutions on a rotating basis. The workshops are useful for students in all phases of their work, and we encourage our students to attend as many as possible in order to help them write excellent thesis. Writing workshops will assist students in:

- developing their work to meet high international standards in their fields of research;

- improving writing skills and ability to critically assess and comment on other student’s work; 

- encourage them to become comfortable presenting and discussing their work in professional settings, which is essential to their achieving professional and international recognition; and

- completing their doctorates within the stipulated time frame.

Joint module, appr. 4 hours:  Hvordan lage gode innledninger til kapitler og artikler i PHD-arbeidet? [How to write effective introductions to dissertation chapters and articles] by author and editor Mona Ringvei. This module will be taught in Norwegian and based on examples in Norwegian and English.

Small groups, appr. 4 hours: We will discuss your drafts in groups. Each group will be accompanied by a faculty member who takes part in the discussions. We allocate up to 45 minutes time for discussion of each paper. For each draft we have appointed one of the participants as chair, and another as first respondent.  Every participant must read all the drafts in their group carefully and we expect all of you to take part in the discussions 

Student preparations

Manuscripts: Maximum manuscript length is 6000 words (excl. references). If you submit a longer text, please indicate which parts of the text you want your readers to focus on. Participants also submit a dissertation outline with title, chapter/article titles and 100-200 words abstracts for each chapter/article. You may participate without submitting a manuscript.

Other preparations: Students will be expected to read materials prepared for the joint module, and take part in discussing appr. 3 manuscripts and serve as chair for one manuscript and main commentator for another.

Essential information

This will be an online course, with approximately four hours each day.

Registration: Please register by filling in this form by January 15th at the latest. We will accept applications as they come in. 

Deadline for manuscripts: 1 February. Students upload their manuscripts to Teams. You will be added to the room when your application is accepted.

Course conveners: May-Brith Ohman Nielsen, University of Agder

Administrative support: tba.

The workshop is estimated to 1 ECTS for students who participate with a manuscript.  

Participation is open to students at partner institutions and other students members of the Norwegian Research School in History. Membership is open to all students who have taken the theory and methods course

Partner institutions:

Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet (NTNU) - Det humanistiske fakultet

Universitetet i Agder - Institutt for religion, filosofi og historie

Universitetet i Bergen - Institutt for arkeologi, historie, kultur- og religionsvitskap

Universitetet i Oslo - Institutt for arkeologi, konservering og historie, Universitetet i Oslo

Universitetet i Tromsø - Institutt for arkeologi, historie, religionsvitenskap og teologi

Nord Universitet - Fakultet for samfunnsvitenskap

Høgskulen i Volda - Samfunnsfag og historie

Handelshøyskolen BI - Institutt for rettsvitenskap og styring

Published Nov. 12, 2020 2:45 PM - Last modified Nov. 13, 2020 10:40 AM