PLS0078 Avancerad Landskapsteori, 15,0 Hp
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The course is in period 2. A complete schedule exists and in the first half of the course, the focus is on the lectures and seminars. The second part is devoted to writing the scientific paper.
The student is active in all seminars, puts relevant questions and listens carefully to ideas and comments of others. The questions and comments reveal that the student has read the required texts carefully and critically (this does not rule out occasional misunderstandings, and certainly not questions concerning the theories and ideas of the paper in question). The student contributes with oral presentations which are clearly structured, capture the main content of the paper, raise interesting questions for the discussion, and is done within the given time frame. It is also good if a student can mention other relevant theories and texts that the student has read, but not at the expense of the required texts, which are the primary topic.
The written assignments are primarily a pedagogic tool to make you take notes of the texts read in class. These notes will be useful in writing the paper for the course, and in other courses.
For each literature seminar you are expected to send in either
a. an imaginary letter (approximately 1000 words) to the author of one of the texts. The letters should be written in a casual and exploratory style and should contain the following parts:
- a ‘Thank you’-paragraph, in which you thank the author for an aspect well explained, for an insight conveyed or a position well expressed etc.
- a ‘Could you please explain this better’-paragraph, in which you refer (with a literal quotation, giving a reference) to a concept or argument that you have not understood, explaining why that was difficult to understand.
- a ‘Your text will help me to improve my doctoral-thesis’-paragraph, in which you outline how the text’s theories and concepts will do just that.
b. a summary of all the three texts, which outlines the main arguments of the texts on a total approximately 1000 words. The notes will be useful in writing the paper.
The hand-in should summarize each text you have read, written in a casual and exploratory style (with correct citations) and could contain the following parts:
- The main arguments and conclusions of the text
- an insight or Aha-moment you got from reading the text, if you had one
- ideas of how you think the text’s theories and concepts will help you improve your doctoral-thesis
- Where needed: refer to a concept or argument that you have not understood, explaining why that was difficult to understand
- The student is able to present and discuss the content of the readings according to the instructions given under the heading "Written assignment to each seminar theme".
- The student refers to the readings in a correct way. The student is able to write assignments in a clear language within the given world limit.
The second part of the course is dedicated to writing your paper. Your final assignment is a paper in which you apply relevant concepts from the course to the topic of your Ph-D-thesis. It is important here to show that you are aware of all the course readings that might be relevant to your theme. In this way you can show that you are able to think broadly about a topic, and that you have been able to see how the different topics inter-relate. The paper should be ca 10–15 pages long, and not more than 7 000 words including the reference list. It should be written in English. Only by way of exception, and after discussion with your supervisor, you can write in Swedish if you prefer.
In the paper you are asked to apply the theoretical discussions from the course readings, the seminars and the lectures to your Ph-D-thesis. The paper should illustrate your ability to use the concepts and theories discussed during the course.
In addition to the requirements for the master course (which the PhD students should fulfill), the PhD student should present his/her research project for the other students in relation to the field trip. The essay of the PhD student should to a larger extent include not only the obligatory but also recommended readings, and the level of conceptual understanding is generally expected to be more advanced compared to the master students.