Universität Wien FIND

400005 FK ViDSS Introduction Course: From Research Idea to a Successful Public Presentation (2021S)

Colloquium for Doctoral Candidates

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: English



2.3. 1 - 4 pm (digital)
9.3. 1 - 4 pm (digital)
11.5. 10am - 5 pm (if possible, in presence)
18.5. 10am - 5 pm (if possible, in presence)
29.6. 1 - 3pm (if possible, in presence)


Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims, contents and method of the course

This course is a new format in the doctoral programme and is dedicated to the preparation of an exposé and its public presentation to the faculty. The exposé creates a framework for the dissertation project, a kind of roadmap that can be changed in the course of the research. However, it should show to what extent the concept of the project is coherent in terms of content, theory and methodology and is feasible in principle.
In the course, the structure of an exposé is presented and discussed according to the respective disciplinary conventions and expectations. The participants are supported in the different stages of their exposé development and in preparing for the public presentation.
In the process of developing the exposé, the following questions have to be addressed:
• How must a research problem and question be formulated so that it can be answered within three years?
• What are the basic theoretical assumptions on which a project is based?
• Which knowledge about the object of study is necessary to start the project?
• How can the state of the art, i.e. the relevant literature in the field of study be determined?
• What is the overall goal of the research?
• How will the empirical research be designed?
o Which methodological approach and which method(s) can be used to address the research questions?
o What data are available, or how can access to a research field be established and empirical data be collected?
o How should the empirical material be analysed?
o Which ethical aspects have to be considered when collecting and analysing the data?

Further topics can be discussed such as:
• How can I prepare for the Public Presentation at the Faculty?
• Work schedule, time management
• Thesis by publication or monograph
• Structure of the doctoral teaching programme
• How to work with supervision teams
• Ethics screening as part of the Public Presentation at the Faculty
• Good scientific practice
• Doctoral research in times of COVID-19

The course alternates between small group discussions, inputs from the course leaders, presentations of the draft exposés by participants, peer feedback and feedback from the course leaders.

The course is aimed at doctoral students who are at the beginning of writing their exposés, but also at those who are already more advanced and would like to register for the Public Presentation at the Faculty in the same semester.

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Reading list

Readings may be amended throughout the semester. To get the articles from outside the University of Vienna, use a VPN connection: http://zid.univie.ac.at/vpn/

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Last modified: Fr 26.02.2021 17:29