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PhD course

Praxeology I

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Course description

Course content

The aim of the course is that students:

  • obtain in depth-knowledge of the theoretical frameworks for praxeological theories, chosen concepts and methodology, and of how these may be used in their own master-/Ph.D. project
  • extend their knowledge of theoretical/empirical praxeological studies within medicine, nursing and education
  • get training in presenting their own research project
  • develop their skills in critical reading
  • practice taking part in academic discussion

Learning outcomes


  • Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
  • demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge of relevant subjects within the praxeologic tradition, particularly of subjects relevant for their own research project
  • display thorough and systematic knowledge of their fellow research group members¿ work
  • explain theoretical and methodological approaches and concerns in their own research project
  • consider the legitimacy, expediency and benefits of various methods and approaches are in their own and other research projects


Upon successful completion of the course, the candidates should be able to:

  • present and discuss praceologically oriented theories, concepts and methods related to research projects relevant to their own research project
  • understand and discuss complex academic and professional issues in a praxeological perspective
  • actively take part in academic discussions in the research group, considering theoretical concepts and methodological issues, and producing personal arguments
  • plan a research project, articulate a relevant research question and understand how it may be investigated, presented and discussed

General skills

Upon completion of the subject, students should be able to:

  • display thorough insight in the theoretical framework of a praxeological understanding of medicine, nursing and education
  • explain how praxeologically oriented sociological/anthropological theories, concepts and methodology have been used in studies other than their own project
  • identify relevant ethical issues in research and conduct their research with academic integrity
  • give peers adecvate and elaborate feedback on their presentations/projects
  • take part in discussions within the field in international forums

Specific terms


master`s degree

Form of assessment

Oral presentation.

80% attendance.

Presentation of one¿s research project.

Who may participate

Master students and Ph.D. candidates

Addtional information

Supplementary course information

Teaching methods

  • lectures, including guest lectures
  • mandatory oral student presentations with feedback from supervisors, peers and other members of the research group
  • mandatory reading of key theoretical texts
  • seminar discussions
  • 5 seminars à 6 hours
  • pre-reading preparation estimated to 6 hours per week, i.e. 5 hours per month, or 225 hours per semester

Academic responsibility

Karin Anna Petersen


Exam information