Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

PhD Courses Social Sciences

The Graduate School of Social Sciences and the AISSR jointly offer a specialist curriculum for PhD students, with training in the specific knowledge and skills needed to successfully complete a PhD in the social sciences. The PhD training programme is open to AISSR PhD students who are formally admitted to the PhD programme.

  • Agreement with the Social Science Graduate School of the VU University in Amsterdam

    AISSR has developed an agreement with the Social Science Graduate School of the VU University to the exchange of course participation free of charge for PhD candidates.

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  • Information about registration

    All AISSR PhD Candidates are requested to develop a training programme with their supervisor and document this in their PhD Trajectory Plan. PhD and supervisors decide together which courses the student should take, depending on their previous ...

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  • AISSR Educational Committee

    The AISSR Educational Committee PhD has the task of assuring the quality of teaching and of the teaching process of the AISSR-GSSS PhD educational programme.

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  • Advanced Social Science Theory Course

    This course is focused on key concepts in the social sciences, and based on the reading of old and modern classics. The aim of the course is to stimulate participants to reflect on - and reconsider - the theoretical premises that guide their own ...

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  • PhD Course Ethnographic Methods

    This course is for PhD students who use ethnographic methods, including participant observation and open interviews, to engage in detailed case studies.

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  • Introduction to Academic Writing

    A short practical course for people beginning their research/PhDs, this course focuses on the fundamentals of academic writing, looking at articles, theses, and at argument, structure, style, paragraphing, writing for different audiences and ...

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  • Writing up Research: English Academic Writing

    The course focuses on preparing participants to write up fieldwork, write articles for publication and to write PhD theses.

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  • GSSS Master and external courses

    Courses fitting the individual PhD candidate's needs and featuring skills and topics that complement personal expertise and contribute to the project, under the condition that the programme group approves this participation.

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  • Methodology Course Research Design

    The objective of this course is to help AISSR students of all disciplines to develop the research design and methodology for their own research project.

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  • Great Thinkers Seminar Series

    During this series AISSR faculty members present the work of a great thinker in the field of social sciences immersing us in key features of the social science canon and ‘Great Thinkers’ and to explore contributions across disciplinary lines.

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