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Obligatoriske kurs Ph.D.-programmet

Alle kurs på Ph.D.-programmet undervises på engelsk og kursbeskrivelsen derfor kun på engelsk. Informasjon om timeplaner og opplegget til Ph.D.-programmet finnes på programmets egen nettside.

Designing Research Methods: Interdisciplinary PhD Research in Architecture and Design (7,5 ECTS) 
The “Research Methods” course 2021 provides a general introduction to research ethics, theories of knowledge, and research methods within AHO’s disciplinary fields. The course focuses specifically on the challenges and possibilities of mixed-method approaches and how AHO’s disciplinary fields often design their own methods. Both senior researchers across AHO’s institutes and external guests will contribute to the Research Lectures and share how they navigate in a mixed-method landscape. The reading list (approximately 700 pages) consists of articles and book chapters on research methods within architecture and design spanning from historical research to future oriented approaches. The aim of the course is to secure and enrich the required intellectual independence for carrying out the individual thesis work.

Learning Outcomes 
After completion of the Context course, the candidate 
  • can position practice-based activities as formal research within particular fields.
  • has good knowledge of research philosophy and the different means and aims in research discourses in the humanities and/or social sciences (quantitative research, qualitative research, research by design, ethnography, history, theory, and criticism).
  • thinks critically in regards to their own discipline from different external academic perspectives.
  • can reflect on the role of a researcher, and the requirements and expectations this entails in terms of social responsibilities and research ethics.
After completion of the Context course the candidate
  • can recognize methodological implications of the various research designs in general terms.
  • is familiar with the formalized apparatus around research dissemination (academic presentations, publication, peer-review).
  • can identify various forms of plagiarism and academic misconduct in order to carry out the research with scholarly integrity.
  • has developed their skills in academic writing.
The compulsory activity needs to be approved by the PhD Programme Committee, and course is evaluated as pass/fail.

Apparatus: “Reading, Writing, Framing” (15 ECTS)

The Apparatus course ensures the necessary depth and breadth of academic knowledge in order to secure a high academic standard in the final PhD thesis. The content of the course, in combination with the individual work on the thesis, provides a solid foundation for generating original academic knowledge in order to make a substantial contribution to a discipline or area of professional practice. The candidates will gain knowledge of the apparatus that surrounds formalized research: validating research as research (systems of authority including referencing and peer review); structuring research (in terms of research questions and activities); research design (theory and methods of humanities and/or social sciences); and research mediation (communicate ideas to specialized and non-specialized audiences.) The Apparatus course is organized as dialogue-driven seminars/workshops in which the discussions center on each candidate’s research topics, methods, and challenges.

Learning Outcomes
After completion of the Apparatus course the candidate
  • can evaluate strengths and limitations of adequate research designs in their own research endeavors, and to actively assess the design choices, and their implications, in research conducted by peers.
  • applies knowledge to demonstrate authoritative judgement, adaptability, and responsibility as an independent scholar or leading practitioner.
  • can develop, adapt, and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge or professional practice.
After completion of the Apparatus course the candidate
  • masters academic reference systems, citations, annotated bibliography, and literature review.
  • can formulate logical and compelling written arguments in a well-structured text.
  • applies skills to demonstrate scholarly autonomy and responsibility as an expert and leading practitioner or scholar.
  • identifies relevant concerns in research ethics

The compulsory assignments needs to be approved by the PhD Programme Committee, and the Apparatus course is evaluated as pass/fail.