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Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

PhD programmes

Within the Graduate School you can conduct your PhD research in a wide range of subjects across the Social and Behavioural Sciences, with 4 distinct PhD programmes offered by its institutes.

Brief outline

Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology together teach the discipline required for the study of human differences in space (“race”; “culture”) as well as time (“development”). They are therefore uniquely located between the humanities and the social sciences.

Our Institute’s PhD programme combines these emphases in its commitment to ethnographic research, with, on the one hand, a marked emphasis on language- and/or history-based studies, and on the other, social science methodology (including the practice of quantitative approaches).

Most broadly, the Institutional research programme concentrates on the intensive, localized study of human differences in a world in motion, where global connections are differentially reproduced from place to place. Specifically, the research profile of the Institute highlights visual anthropology and the study of media, performance and material culture; the historical ethnography of social policy, social movements and global religion; and the anthropology of landscape, environmental studies and urban development.

Additional research

Research is the core of the PhD programme with students conducting original research leading to a dissertation under the guidance of one or more supervisors. Although the primary emphasis is on the skillful and timely execution of the original research plan, PhD candidates may also be asked to join staff members in additional projects, which may include:

  • conference organization,
  • the further elaboration of the Institute’s research profile and plans for attracting funding,
  • exhibitions or publications
  • and other forms of disseminating the results of research.

In all of this the supervisor(s) of the PhD candidate oversee the educational content of these activities and make sure that the candidate is not unnecessarily distracted from the actual work of research and writing the dissertation.

Admission requirements

  1. A strong background in social science methodology.
  2. Experience with conceptualizing and implementing a research project.
  3. Knowledge of the contemporary social science literature as it pertains to cultural anthropology and development sociology.
  4. Strong writing skills.
  5. The commitment required for prolonged ethnographic fieldwork.

Supervisors

All full professors at the institute have the ius promovendi (the right to act as a PhD supervisor).

Brief outline

The programme is based on the view that developmental psychopathology in a culturally diverse environment cannot be studied without choosing an explicit cultural perspective. The PhD programme is part of the Rommert Casimir Institute of Developmental Psychopathology from a Cultural and Educational Perspective

Programme Focus
A child’s individual development is the result of an interaction between cognitive, emotional and behavioural tendencies in the child’s genetic make-up and in the environment in which it grows up. The research programme focuses on protective and risk factors, and on diminishing problematic tendencies. Potential support for parents, carers, teachers and others helping children is also taken into consideration because it is connected with child-rearing and education.

Themes
The research themes are:

  1. violence and trauma in the family context;
  2. externalisation and internalisation of adolescents’ problem behaviour;
  3. learning difficulties and disorders, severe developmental disorders and deviant attachment.

Immigrant population
In addition, special attention is paid to child-rearing and development in the immigrant population. The social and economic development of our society depends on the next immigrant generations’ inclination to participate in society and on the opportunities offered to them. Serious integration problems, illustrated by an increased amount of violence against immigrants, indicate a need for research and its practical application that are aimed at encouraging increased social participation of ethnic minorities.

Additional research

Research is the principal part of the PhD programme. PhD candidates conduct original research leading to a dissertation under the guidance of a supervisor. Almost all PhD candidates are engaged in additional research projects, either individually or with other PhD candidates or members of the Institute's staff, and they routinely attend scientific conferences where they present their work.

Admission requirements

  1. Considerable methodological knowledge and skills.
  2. Some experience in designing and conducting small-scale research projects.
  3. Knowledge of the contemporary social science literature relating to education and psychology.
  4. Strong writing skills.
  5. A strong interest in doing original research at the highest level.

Supervisors

All full professors at the institute have the ius promovendi (the right to act as a PhD supervisor).

Brief outline

Institutions are analysed both as dependent variables (in terms of their formation and design) and as independent variables (in terms of their impact on the attitudes, behaviour and values of political actors). We also pay particular attention to the normative and theoretical aspects of institutions and therefore we devote a substantial part of the programme to the question of how institutions can be designed, and to the implications of their functioning.

More information

For further background information about our research programme please visit the Institutions of Politics: Design, Workings, and Implications website.

Brief outline

The view that human beings are adaptive agents that construct their own intellectual and physical environments is not only highly relevant to basic research in psychology, but also to a wide variety of applied issues. In daily life, cognition cannot be separated from individual attitudes and ambitions. Motivation, emotion and cognition are inextricably linked and have a combined effect on action control.

Additional research

Research is the principal part of the PhD programme. PhD candidates conduct original research leading to a dissertation under the guidance of a supervisor. Almost all PhD candidates are engaged in additional research projects, either individually or with other PhD candidates or members of the staff of the Institute, and they routinely attend scientific conferences where they present their work.
 

Admission requirements

  1. Considerable methodological knowledge and skills.
  2. Some experience in designing and conducting empirical studies.
  3. Up-to-date knowledge of psychology.
  4. Good writing skills.
  5. A strong interest in doing original research at the highest

Membership research schools

Supervisors

All full professors at the institute have the ius promovendi (the right to act as a PhD supervisor).

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