The content of a theme must be relevant to several subject areas and departments within the Faculty, i.e. be sufficiently broad to interest doctoral students in different fields of study. At the same time, it should be clearly defined and relate to current research issues, i.e. be sufficiently narrow to be given for 20 credits over two years.

Joint faculty courses may be theory and method courses or more practically oriented courses (see p. 2), and the number of credits may vary depending on the content and scope of the course.

Proposals regarding themes and their implementation should be submitted to the Faculty Board of Humanities. Requests to establish a theme should contain an implementation plan (procedures and timetable), the included components (courses, seminars, etc.), planned progression, budget and a plan for evaluating the theme (see the template for requests to establish a theme).

A draft syllabus for the generic course or the credit-bearing components of a theme (each credit-bearing component must have its own syllabus) should be enclosed with the request. 

NB! Use the syllabus template in SISU and attach the draft in Word-format.

The request should be sent by the head of department. 

Assessment points

The committee has decided on the following assessment points to form the basis of the committee's selection of themes and courses (here presented alphabetically):

  • Community for the faculty’s doctoral students
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Internationalisation
  • Motivation / Reflection on the purpose and relevance of the theme
  • Multidisciplinarity
  • New thinking and originality
  • Scholarly quality
  • Target group analysis

The committee will also base its proposal on the quality of course plans, literature lists and seminar overviews, as well as their degree of completion.