12.06.2017

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Syllabus for Postgraduate Studies 1.4.2017-31.7.2020

Learning outcomes of the doctoral degree

After completing the doctoral degree in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences, the student

  • demonstrates a profound mastery of his/her field, its development as well as research methods and is able to produce new information independently and creatively.
  • understands the multidimensional character of scientific knowledge.
  • works ethically and according to good scientific practice.
  • is able to develop, implement and independently lead cooperation and projects in multilingual and multicultural environments.
  • is familiar with research funding practices and is able to take advantage of them.
  • shows good command of both scientific communication and interaction skills as well as networking skills in various operational environments.
  • is able to promote the societal impact of the research activities.
  • is able to take advantage of his/her expertise in employment.

Modules of doctoral studies

NB: registering and examining postgraduate courses (entering grades to the student register)

Besides the licentiate thesis and/or dissertation, the studies include the following modules (detailed descriptions after the table): 

DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC STUDIES, 20 ECTS credits

Learning outcomes: After completing the Discipline Specific Studies module, the doctoral student

  • is familiar with his/her own field of research and its social importance.
  • demonstrates profound mastery of the development and basic problems of his/her own field of research.
  • is familiar with the research trends of science theory and the field of science.
  • is proficient at the essential research methods in his/her own field.

Completion modes: completion of the compulsory study unit HYTJ1000 Doctoral seminar (10 ECTS credits) and studies from one or more of the following study modules to complete the total of 20 ECTS credits:

  • Studies in the discipline (maximum 10 ECTS credits)
  • Science theory studies (maximum 10 ECTS credits)
  • Research methods (maximum 10 ECTS credits)
  • Researcher mobility supporting dissertation work (maximum 5 ECTS credits)
TRANSFERABLE SKILLS STUDIES, 20 ECTS credits

Learning outcomes: After completing the Transferable Skills Studies module, the doctoral student

  • shows a mastery of the general skills needed in research as well as today’s expert tasks.
  • is able to identify and demonstrate his/her own doctoral level expertise.

Completion modes: completion of the compulsory studies

  • 5 ECTS credits of research ethics studies from the Research Competence module
  • at least 5 ECTS credits from the Communication Skills module

and studies from one or more of the following study modules to complete the total of 20 ECTS credits:

  • Research Competence
  • Communication Skills
  • Other competence to support the construction of professional expertise

 

HYTJ9000 Dissertation 

Learning outcomes: the doctoral student

  • knows the different phases of research process and can operate appropriately during them
  • is able to limit the research topic and construct a clear research setting
  • can position his/her study in the field of research
  • is familiar with the central theories, concepts and sources of the special field and is able to use them appropriately
  • is proficient with the methods and practices of material collection
  • is able to argument and present his/her research results clearly and coherently
  • is able to assess the reliability and significance of his/her research results
  • is proficient with the conventions of scientific writing and presentation.

Contents: The dissertation is an independent, research-based, scientific study carried out in one of the Faculty’s subjects. For more information on dissertation requirements, see instructions on the Faculty website

Completion modes: Independent work / written assignment

Teaching language(s): a study intended as a dissertation can be written in Finnish, Swedish, English, French, German or Russian, or another language approved by the Faculty.

Assessment criteria: Pass requires a dissertation that is approved by the Faculty Council.

Assessment: Fail - sufficient - satisfactory - good - very good - excellent (0–5)

 

HYTJ9100 Licentiate thesis

Learning outcomes: the doctoral student

  • knows the different phases of research process and can operate appropriately during them
  • is able to limit the research topic and construct a clear research setting
  • can position his/her study in the field of research
  • is familiar with the central theories, concepts and sources of the special field and is able to use them appropriately
  • is proficient with the methods and practices of material collection
  • is able to argument and present his/her research results clearly and coherently
  • is able to assess the reliability and significance of his/her research results
  • is proficient with the conventions of scientific writing and presentation.

Contents: The licentiate thesis is an independent, research-based, scientific study carried out in one of the Faculty’s subjects. For more information on licentiate thesis requirements, see instructions on the Faculty website

Completion modes: Independent work / written assignment

Teaching language(s): a study intended as a licentiate thesis can be written in Finnish, Swedish, English, French, German or Russian, or another language approved by the Faculty.

Assessment criteria: Pass requires a licentiate thesis that is approved by the Faculty Council.

Assessment: Fail - sufficient - satisfactory - good - very good - excellent (0–5)

 

 

DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC STUDIES (20 ECTS credits) 

Learning outcomes: After completing the Discipline Specific Studies module, the doctoral student

  • is familiar with his/her own field of research and its social importance.
  • demonstrates profound mastery of the development and basic problems of his/her own field of research.
  • is familiar with the research trends of science theory and the field of science.
  • is proficient at the essential research methods in his/her own field.

Completion modes: completion of the compulsory study unit HYTJ1000 Doctoral seminar, 10 ECTS credits and studies from one or more of the following study modules to complete the total of 20 ECTS credits:

  • Studies in the discipline (maximum 10 ECTS credits)
  • Science theory studies (maximum 10 ECTS credits)
  • Research methods (maximum 10 ECTS credits)
  • Researcher mobility supporting dissertation work (maximum 5 ECTS credits)

 

 
HYTJ1000 Doctoral seminar, 10 ECTS credits (compulsory) 

 Learning outcomes: the doctoral student

  • understands the different phases and practices involved in dissertation work, such as the degree system and supervisory process
  • is familiar with research funding
  • is able to participate in scientific discussion both orally and in writing
  • is able to justify his/her own solutions in the licentiate thesis/dissertation work
  • is familiar with the topical discussion in his/her own field of science
  • has ethical responsibility and acts according to good scientific practice
  • is familiar with various employment opportunities requiring expertise.

Contents: Presenting his/her research plan and research work, giving and receiving peer feedback. Ethical discussions regarding his/her own field of science and good scientific practice. Degree structure and contents of postgraduate studies, research process, principles of supervision, research funding and employment opportunities requiring expertise.

Literature: Teacher in charge of the module, course or equivalent will announce possible literature and/or other materials.

Completion modes: Contact teaching, independent work/written assignment. Completion modes shall be agreed upon in more detail with both the seminar leader and supervisor-in-charge, and these shall be entered in the doctoral student’s postgraduate study plan. In case of non-attendances, the seminar leader may appoint compensatory personal assignments.

Teaching language(s): Finnish, English

Assessment criteria: Pass requires

  • participating in the doctoral seminar or equivalent so that the total work amounts to the 10 ECTS credits required
  • active participating in discussion
  • presenting the research plan and the progress of the research work in the seminar

Assessment: Pass - fail

 

 
HYTJ1101 Studies in the discipline, 1-10 ECTS credits

Learning outcomes:

  • the doctoral student is competent in scientific discussion regarding his/her discipline and research topic

Contents: Postgraduate level studies arranged by the University, Faculty, Department or other organiser. The doctoral student selects the studies upon the recommendation of supervisors and in compliance with his/her postgraduate study plan.

Literature: Teacher in charge of the module, course or equivalent will announce possible literature and/or other materials.

Completion modes: Contact teaching, independent work/written assignment, independent work/project work and/or project work 

Teaching language(s): Finnish, English or other language used in this scientific community

Assessment criteria: Pass requires

  • participating in contact teaching
  • assignments requiring independent work

Assessment: Pass - fail

 

 
HYTJ1201 Science theory studies, 1-10 ECTS credits

Learning outcomes:

  • knowledge of general theory of science
  • familiarity with research on the discipline or scientific theories in the field of research

Contents: Postgraduate level studies arranged by the University, Faculty, Department or other organiser. The doctoral student selects the studies upon the recommendation of supervisors and in compliance with his/her postgraduate study plan.

Literature: Teacher in charge of the module, course or equivalent will announce possible literature and/or other materials.

Completion modes: Contact teaching, independent work/written assignment, independent work/project work and/or project work

Teaching language(s): Finnish, English or other language used in this scientific community

Assessment criteria: Pass requires

  • participating in contact teaching
  • assignments requiring independent work

Assessment: Pass - fail

 

 
HYTJ1301 Research methods, 1-10 ECTS credits

Learning outcomes:

  • knowledge of the essential research methods used in the discipline
  • familiarity with research methods connected with the doctoral student’s own research work

Contents: Postgraduate level studies arranged by the University, Faculty, Department or organiser. The doctoral student selects the studies upon the recommendation of supervisors and in compliance with his/her postgraduate study plan.

Literature: Teacher in charge of the module, course or equivalent will announce possible literature and/or other materials.

Completion modes: Contact teaching, independent work/written assignment, independent work/project work and/or project work

Teaching language(s): Finnish, English or other language used in this scientific community

Assessment criteria: Pass requires

  • participating in contact teaching
  • assignments requiring independent work

Assessment: Pass - fail

 

 
HYTJ1401 Researcher mobility supporting dissertation work, 1-5 ECTS credits

Learning outcomes: the doctoral student

  • gets acquainted with national and international research communities
  • is able to create expert networks and be active in them.

Contents: Participating in a conference and presenting his/her own research as a speech or a poster and/or an international research visit or equivalent supporting dissertation work. Scientific communication in writing and/or orally; visibility of research.

Completion modes: Contact teaching, independent work/written assignment, independent work/project work and/or project work

Teaching language(s): Finnish, English or other language used in this scientific community

Assessment criteria: 

Regarding participation in a conference, pass requires

  • participating in the conference plus
  • presenting his/her own research as a speech or a poster

Completing this yields the following credits:

  • national conferences, 1 ECTS credit
  • international conferences, 2 ECTS credits

Furthermore, additional assignments agreed upon, such as a learning diary, may yield max. 1 ECTS credit/conference.

Regarding the research visit, pass requires

  • a written plan of the research visits, compiled upon the recommendation of supervisors and in compliance with his/her postgraduate study plan
  • national or international research visit or equivalent supporting research work
  • a report reflecting the implementation and results of the research visit

Research visit yields 2 ECTS credits per month.

Assessment: Pass - fail

 

 TRANSFERABLE SKILLS STUDIES / RESEARCH COMPETENCE (minimum 5 ECTS credits) 

Learning outcomes: after completing the Research Competence module, the doctoral student

  • acts ethically and according to good scientific practice
  • is able to develop, implement and independently lead cooperation and projects in multilingual and multicultural environments as well as utilize research funding

Compulsory studies from the Research Competence module: 5 ECTS credits of research ethics studies.

 

 
HYTJ2001 Research ethics, 5 ECTS credits

Learning outcomes: the doctoral student

  • knows the principles of research ethics and understands their relevance
  • is able to plan and conduct his/her research according to the principles and practices of research ethics
  • knows the procedures regarding ethical violations
  • recognizes plagiarism and understands why it is unacceptable.

Contents: Postgraduate level studies on research ethics arranged by the University, Faculty, Department or other organiser. The doctoral student selects the studies upon the recommendation of supervisors and in compliance with his/her postgraduate study plan.

Literature: Teacher in charge of the module, course or equivalent will announce possible literature and/or other materials.

Completion modes: Contact teaching, independent work/written assignment, independent work/project work and/or project work

Teaching language(s): Finnish, English 

Assessment criteria: Pass requires

  • participating in contact teaching
  • assignments requiring independent work

Assessment: Pass - fail

 

 
HYTJ2101 Command of research projects, 1-5 ECTS credits

Learning outcomes:

  • proficiency at the command of different sectors of a research project
  • more profound insight of at least one sector of commanding a research project. The sector may consist of e.g. gathering research data and command according to the principles of open science, preparing funding applications and budgeting a project, project management and practices of project implementation, research agreements and immaterial rights or commercialisation of research results.

Contents: Postgraduate level studies arranged by the University, Faculty, Department or other organiser. The doctoral student selects the studies upon the recommendation of supervisors and in compliance with his/her postgraduate study plan.

Literature: Teacher in charge of the module, course or equivalent will announce possible literature and/or other materials.

Completion modes: Contact teaching, independent work/written assignment, independent work/project work and/or project work

Teaching language(s): Finnish, English 

Assessment criteria: Pass requires

  • participating in contact teaching
  • assignments requiring independent work

Assessment: Pass - fail

  

 
HYTJ2200 Data acquisition, command and publishing, 2 ECTS credits

Learning outcomes:

  • proficiency at the practices of systematic data acquisition and scientific publishing
  • the doctoral student understands the practice of open science and complies with its principles

Contents: Courses Dissertation start-up and Open access publishing are compulsory. In addition, the doctoral student must select one sub course arranged by the Open Science Centre for doctoral students. Information about the contents and timetables of the courses is available in the Open Science Centre training calendar.

Literature: Teacher in charge of the module, course or equivalent will announce possible literature and/or other materials.

Completion modes: Contact teaching

Teaching language(s): Finnish, English 

Assessment criteria: Pass requires

  • Participating in the Dissertation start-up and Open access publishing courses
  • Participating in one optional sub course. Information about the courses is available in the Open Science Centre training calendar.

Assessment: Pass - fail

 

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS STUDIES / COMMUNICATION SKILLS (minimum 5 ECTS credits) 

Learning outcomes: After completing the Communication Skills module, the doctoral student

  • is proficient with scientific communication
  • has proficient communication and networking skills in different operating environments
  • can enhance the societal impact of research

The doctoral student must complete at least 5 ECTS credits of studies from the Communication Skills module. 

 

 
HYTJ3001 Academic writing, 1-10 ECTS credits

Learning outcomes: the doctoral student

  • knows the key publication channels as well as academic text types and their writing conventions in his/her field of science
  • is familiar with ethical principles related to academic writing and adheres to them
  • is able to produce and edit scientific text
  • knows the publishing conventions of open science and adheres to them.

Contents: Postgraduate-level studies arranged by the University, Faculty, Department or other organiser. The doctoral student selects the studies upon the recommendation of his/her supervisors and in compliance with his/her postgraduate study plan. Other completion modes are articles in scientific journals or other scientific publications. The practices, text types and publishing channels of academic writing, the principles of open publishing.

Literature: Teacher in charge of the module, course or equivalent will announce possible literature and/or other materials.

Completion modes: Contact teaching, independent work/written assignment, independent work/project work and/or project work

Teaching language(s): Finnish, English or other language used in publications on this discipline

Assessment criteria: Pass requires

  • participating in contact teaching and completing assignments that require independent work
  • articles in domestic or international scientific journals
  • other scientific publications

No articles or publications that are part of an (article) dissertation can be used for completing the study unit.

Suggestive examples of course completion and corresponding amounts of ECTS credits are available on the Faculty’s website.

Assessment: Pass - fail

  

 
HYTJ3101 Interaction competence, presentation skills and media skills, 1-10 ECTS credits

Learning outcomes: the doctoral student

  • recognises his/her competence and can communicate it to parties outside the science community
  • understands the importance of his/her research and the significance of communicating the research results as well as recognises related challenges
  • recognises different registers and content types for communicating with different audiences
  • is familiar with technical possibilities and applications related to communication.

Contents: Postgraduate-level studies organised by the University, Faculty, Department or other organiser. The doctoral student selects the studies upon the recommendation of supervisors and in compliance with his/her postgraduate study plan.

Literature: Teacher in charge of the module, course or equivalent will announce possible literature and/or other materials.

Completion modes: Contact teaching, independent work/written assignment, independent work/project work and/or project work

Teaching language(s): Finnish, English or other language used in this scientific community

Assessment criteria: Pass requires

  • participating in contact teaching
  • assignments requiring independent work

Assessment: Pass - fail

 

 
HYTJ3201 Language skills and international competence, 1-10 ECTS credits

Learning outcomes:

  • The doctoral student is able to present his/her research to an international audience in speech and writing.
  • Additional learning outcome for doctoral students whose native language is other than Finnish: depending on the initial state of his/her language skills, the doctoral student is competent in daily language use situations in Finnish or is also able to speak and write about his/her research in Finnish.

Contents: Postgraduate-level studies organised by the University, Faculty, Department or other organiser. The doctoral student selects the studies upon the recommendation of his/her supervisors and in compliance with his/her postgraduate study plan.

Literature: Teacher in charge of the module, course or equivalent will announce possible literature and/or other materials.

Completion modes: Contact teaching, independent work/written assignment, independent work/project work and/or project work

Teaching language(s): Finnish, English or other language used in this scientific community

Assessment criteria: Pass requires

  • participating in contact teaching
  • assignments requiring independent work

Assessment: Pass - fail

 

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS STUDIES / OTHER COMPETENCE TO SUPPORT THE CONSTRUCTION OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE (0-10 ECTS credits) 

Learning outcomes: After completing this module, the doctoral student

  • is able to recognise his/her expertise
  • can systematically develop his/her workplace skills in accordance with his/her goals for career and employment
  • is able to recognise and communicate his/her expertise and can utilise resulting employment opportunities at the University or outside it.

Please note: Maximum 10 ECTS credits may be completed in this module.

 

 
HYTJ4001 Workplace learning and familiarity with the world of work, 1-5 ECTS credits

Learning outcomes: the doctoral student

  • is able to recognise and utilise employment opportunities arising from his/her expertise
  • has networked with the world of work and developed the created connections
  • has proficient communication and networking skills in different operating environments
  • has developed his/her general and position-specific workplace skills
  • has specified his/her own areas of professional interest
  • is able to assess, develop and value his/her abilities and attitudes towards continuous learning.

Contents: Workplace learning in demanding expert work, excluding research or research visits related to the dissertation. Teaching or guidance are not acceptable either.

Completion modes: independent work/written assignment, independent work/project work and/or project work

Teaching language(s): Finnish, English (the language of report writing)

Assessment criteria: Pass requires

  • demanding expert work, excluding research or research visits related to the dissertation as well as teaching and guidance
  • a written report on the expert work so that the report reflects the work performance in relation to the doctoral student’s postgraduate study plan and career and employment goals

Assessment: Pass - fail

  

 
HYTJ4101 Teaching and guidance, 1-5 ECTS credits

Learning outcomes: the doctoral student

  • can make a clear teaching/guidance plan
  • can take into account the target group both when planning and implementing teaching/guidance
  • is able to implement the teaching/guidance he/she has planned and utilise different teaching technologies appropriately
  • acknowledges possible accessibility issues related to teaching/guidance
  • is able to collect feedback on his/her teaching or guidance and can utilise it.

Contents: Teaching or guidance. Work time used for preparation for teaching is also counted.

Completion modes: independent work/written assignment, independent work/project work and/or project work

Teaching language(s): Finnish, English (the language of report writing)

Assessment criteria: Pass requires

  • teaching or guidance
  • a written report on teaching or guidance so that the report reflects the implementation of teaching or guidance and its relationship to his/her postgraduate study plan as well as career and employment goals.

Assessment: Pass - fail

   

 
HYTJ4201 Other competence to support the construction of professional expertise, 1-4 ECTS credits

Learning outcomes: the doctoral student

  • has developed general and position-specific workplace skills
  • has specified his/her own areas of professional interest
  • is able to assess, develop and appreciate his/her abilities and attitudes towards continuous learning.

Contents: Other actions that support the development of professional expertise, or studies organised by the University, Faculty, Department or other organiser. The actions can be related, for example, to

  • pedagogical skills
  • leadership skills
  • entrepreneurship skills
  • work for quality or development
  • knowledge of the world of work

The study module cannot be completed through workplace learning, teaching or guidance, nor research or research visits related to the dissertation.

Literature: Teacher in charge of the module, course or equivalent will announce possible literature and/or other materials.

Completion modes: Contact teaching, independent work/written assignment, independent work/project work and/or project work

Teaching language(s): Finnish, English (the language of report writing)

Assessment criteria: Pass requires:

Regarding actions that support the development of professional expertise:

  • other actions that support the construction of professional expertise
  • a written report on the actions, reflecting them in relation to the doctoral student’s postgraduate study plan and career and employment goals

For postgraduate level studies:

  • participation in contact teaching
  • assignments requiring independent work

Assessment: Pass - fail