Curriculum

The Graduate School aims at achieving a balance between specialization in a field of choice and an in-depth interdisciplinary training. The curriculum is designed to support these goals by offering three interdisciplinary courses, team-taught by representatives of different disciplines from the social sciences and the humanities, and three courses on disciplinary research methods. In addition, the research training of the Graduate School is dedi­cated to provide students with key qualifications such as didactic and teaching skills as well as essential mana­gement skills pertinent to the students’ future careers.

Curricular Requirements

Admitted doctoral candidates are expected to obtain at least 180 credits of research training during the 3-year program. These credits will be acquired in the following ratio: 30 credits for course work (15 credits for team-taught interdisciplinary seminars, 15 credits for disciplinary research methods); 15 credits for training in management, didactic and writing skills; 15 credits for teaching and knowledge presentation; 120 credits for the dissertation, including doctoral research and individual mentoring.

The 15 credits for training in management skills include the involvement  in the organization of an annual multidisciplinary conference. 

Curricular Structure

For doctoral candidates, the first three semesters of the program offer an intense study period in which  the students critically assess the fundamental theoretical and methodological tools as well as review the latest research and critical debates in their respective fields. During this period, the mandatory course work is to be completed, and students will be expected to have refined their research design and its method. Close collaboration between the student and his/her dissertation advisor will be mandatory and individualize the training program. Beginning with the fourth semester, the primary focus will be on independent dissertation research. Besides teaching one class at the undergraduate level in the fifth semester, the last year will be reserved for the completion of the dissertation.

Structure of the Doctoral Training Program

  Term Interdisciplinary Education Theory & Methodology Professional Skills Research
1st year WT 30 CP 5 CP 5 CP 5 CP 15 CP
ST 30 CP 5 CP 5 CP 5 CP 15 CP
2nd year WT 30 CP 5 CP 5 CP 5 CP 15 CP
ST 30 CP Research, 30 CP
3rd year WT 30 CP Teaching, 15 CP Research, 15 CP
ST 30 CP Research and Writing, 30 CP

 

Courses

The curriculum includes the following courses and seminars:

A. Interdisciplinary Courses:

  • (History/Culture):  Visions of America: American Exceptionalism, Liberalism, and the Rhetoric of Crisis (5 CP)
  • (Political Science/Economics):   Democracy in Crisis: Inequality, Global Markets, Political Polarization (5 CP)
  • (Literature/ Sociology):   Values in Conflict: Religion, Community, Identity (5 CP)

B. Research Methods:

  1. Introduction to Disciplinary Theories  (5 CP)
  2. Advanced Disciplinary Research Methods (5 CP)
  3. Colloquium: Research in Progress  (5 CP)

C. Professional Skills

  1. Advanced Academic Writing in English (5 CP)
  2. Management Skills Relevant to Academic Professions (5 CP)
  3. Presentation and Didactic Skills (5 CP)

 Course Structure per Year (Independent Work not listed)

 

Curricular Segments

 

 Interdisciplinary  Classes
(15 Credit Points)

 Disciplinary Theory & Methodology
(15 Credit Points)

 Professional Skills
(15 Credit Points)

First Year/ Introductory Stage
30 CP for Course Work
+
30 CP for Independent Work on Dissertation

I. History/Culture:
Visions of America: American Exceptionalism, Liberalism, and the Rhetoric of Crisis
(5 CP)

I. “Introduction to the Theory and Ethics of Research”
(5 CP)

I. “Advanced Academic Writing  in English”
(5 CP)

II. Political Science/ Economics:
Democracy in Crisis: Inequality, Global Markets, Political Polarization
(5 CP)

II. “Advanced Disciplinary Research Methods”
(5 CP)

II. “Management Skills Relevant to Academic Professions”
(5 CP)

Second Year/
Intermediate Stage

15 CP for Course Work
+
45 CP for Independent Work on Dissertation
Includes stay abroad for research/field work (3 months min.)

III. Literature/
Sociology:
Values in Conflict: Religion, Community, Identity
(5 CP)

III. Seminar/ Colloquium: “Research in Progress”
(5 CP)

III. “Presentation and Didactic Skills”
(5 CP)

Third Year/
Final Stage

15 CP for teaching
+
45 CP for Independent Work on Dissertation

Teaching one class in the B.A. program of the John F. Kennedy Institute (on a topic related to the dissertation project)

 

 

 

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