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.

  • Sep 2017: Short Intensive Course on Human Rights: Activism and Site-Specific Research

    Drawing on the work of leading theorists and scholars of human rights, as assembled and curated by veteran anthropologist of human rights Samuel Martínez, this short-intensive course (SIC) scrutinizes three core dilemmas.

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  • Sep-Dec 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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  • Sep 2017 - June 2018: 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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  • Sep-Nov 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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  • Oct-Nov 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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  • Nov 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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  • March 2018: 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 2018: 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 or May 2018: PhD Career Day Social Sciences

    This Career Day equips 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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  • 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 develop a 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 previous ...

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  • 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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  • 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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