Social Data Science PhD seminar

PhD seminars are an important venue to develop competences essential for researchers. Some disciplines organize specific contact teaching events for these competences. Social data science instead considers that this competence development takes place during our everyday interactions with supervisors, peers and within research group
Skill 1: Exposure to new perspectives

Understanding current trends shaping social data science and more specific research fields: participate to five events where new trends in research methods or substance area are discussed.

These may include events such as

  • Guest lectures organized at the Faculty of Social Sciences or if suitable for your research topics, other faculties, and units.
  • Research days and other activities organized by CSDS.
  • Brown bag seminars, talks and workshops organized by HSSH.
  • For SOST-9152: attending at least one other PhD defenses at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

For each event, write a brief note to your learning diary where you summarize the content of the event and then consider how this event shapes your own plans for studying, for example if there are new methods, theories, or data you would like to explore more, or some directions that now seem less relevant for your own study plan etc.

For PhD defenses, please write some observations on things you’d like to have as part of your own defense.

Skill 2: Discussing and refining research

Learning how to benefit from peers and colleagues in improving research outcomes. Learning to provide actionable feedback on manuscripts, defend one’s views and discuss unfinished work. Bringing one manuscript for to discussion and commenting at least four other manuscripts.

This can take place in events such as

  • Research group meetings or offsite days.
  • Research days and similar activities organised by CSDS.
  • Early-career scholar workshops or doctoral consortiums.

Meetings with your supervisor or your thesis committee are not suitable to fulfil this requirement as they do not have peer components strongly present.

For each manuscript, briefly summarise your experiences to the learning diary.

Planning your learning experience

Draw up a plan for scheduling these activities and agree with your supervisor(s). Once you’ve finished these activities and filled in your learning diary, contact your supervisor, and review the learning diary together. After this review, the supervisor registers the credits for SOST-9151 or SOST-9152.