Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Current Courses

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.

  • January 2017 - Big Data Course

    Ever more techniques of Automated Content Analysis (ACA) are used in social-scientific research. ACA aims at automatically analyzing large quantities of text and ranges from inductive (e.g., extracting topics from texts) to deductive (e.g., ...

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  • February 2017: Great Thinkers Seminar Series

    During this new 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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  • February 2017: Short Intensive Course on fieldwork based writing skills

    Professor Annemarie Mol will explore writing by engaging in a collective experiment. Using the city of Amsterdam as our fieldwork location, we will mobilize our senses to attend to both living and non-living organic creatures/stuff in the field.

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  • February-April 2017: Foundations of Moving Matters

    During this course staff from the AISSR Moving Matters Programme Group enters into a conversation with AISSR PhD students about the themes and topics that are most central in their work. While the themes are diverse topically and geographically, ...

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  • February-May 2017: 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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  • March-April 2017: PhD Course Ethnographic Methods

    The emphasis of this course is on ethnographic and qualitative PhD projects, which mainly rely on participant observation, in-depth interviewing and detailed case studies.

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  • March 2017: Methods crash courses-AISSR Flying Circus

    Each year the AISSR Methods Expertise Centre organizes a 'Flying Circus' of crash courses in various methods, based on wishes AISSR members have indicated and on teacher availability.

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  • March - May 2017: English Academic Writing Course

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

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  • April-May 2017: 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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  • April -May 2017: Pursuing a career in- or outside academia

    This Career Day and Training course aim to equip participants with a heightened sense of awareness of what it takes to be and become a successful social scientific researcher and how to pursuit a career in and outside academia.

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  • May 2017: English Presentation course

    The two session Presenting in English course will help you develop your presentation skills, with particular focus on conferences and academic work groups.

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  • Stress Relief Training

    In cooperation with certified trainers, AISSR offers stress relief training in the form of Yoga classes.

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  • Choice and tailor made 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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  • Information about registration

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

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

    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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