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PhD course

Learning from the COVID-19 pandemic: an interdisciplinary approach

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Course description

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Course content

To analyze the pandemic from multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives in order to achieve a better understanding of the generation of knowledge used to understand and address an unprecedent global health threat in society. Further, to reflect upon different approaches to complexity and uncertainty for better preparedness for new crisis.

Learning outcomes

A candidate who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes:


The candidate

¿understands the complexity and uncertainty in the development of evidence regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

¿ can evaluate the expediency and application of different methods and processes in research projects related to the pandemic from different disciplines

¿ can contribute to the development of new transdisciplinary knowledge, new theories, methods, interpretations and forms of documentation in the field


The candidate

¿ can formulate complex problems and research and scholarly and/or artistic development work incorporating different perspectives

¿ can carry out research and scholarly and/or artistic research work of a high international standard

¿ can handle complex academic issues and challenge established knowledge and practice in the field

General competence.

The candidate

¿ can identify new relevant ethical issues and carry out his/her research with scholarly integrity

¿ can discuss complex interdisciplinary assignments and projects

¿ can assess the need for, initiate and practice innovation

Study period

Spring. January

Credits (ECTS)


Specific terms

Recommended previous knowledge

Good knowledge of English, both written and oral

Compulsory Requirements

- 80% attendance on practical sessions like group work is required

- Accepted presentation of group work

- Accepted essay

- Electronic course evaluation

Form of assessment

Evaluation of group work and presentation (accepted)

Essay (5-10 pages) grades A-F

Course overlap

Full overlapp med ELMED328 (3 studiepoeng).

Additional information

Supplementary course information

Face to face lectures, including Case-based learning (CBL) and Team based learning (TBL), three hours before lunch (9:00-12:00), three hours after lunch (12:30-15:30) four days a week for 2 weeks (first Friday free for group work, second Friday evaluation)

- Group work based on previously defined exercises every afternoon during 2 weeks and work on individual assignments

Academic responsibility

Professor Esperanza Diaz



Exam information

Study period

Spring. January