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The world of research (Q4)

ECTS credits: 2 (3)

Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Semester/quarter: Q4 – Spring 2016
Hours per week: Two full days
Capacity limits: 20 participants


Objectives of the course:
The course focuses on institutional, economic, political and cultural aspect of scientific research. The aim of the course is to provide PhD students with insights into interactions between science, economy, policy-making, and society.


Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course the PhD student should be able to:

  • Identify key actors, institutions and social structures in the world of research
  • Describe key aspects of science policy-making, scientific advice, and economics of science
  • Analyze contemporary cases with complex interactions between science, economy and society

Compulsory programme:
Active participation and 3 written assignments (3-5 pages each) based on a fixed set of questions.


Course contents:
The course covers four themes:

  • Science as a social institution
  • Governance of science
  • Scientific advice
  • Economic constraints and incentives in science



Name of lecturers:
Kristian H. Nielsen and invited speakers.


Type of course/teaching methods:
Lectures and individual/group exercises


Course compendium – readings for the first two topics (see course content above) should be done before the course starts. 

Course homepage:

Course assessment:
Based on compulsory programme, no graduation.
An additional 1 ECTS can be obtained by submitting an extended assignment (10-15 pages) based on additional literature and a fixed set of questions (supervision will be provided).


Centre for Science Studies, Department of Department of Mathematics.


Special comments on this course:



  • Wednesday, 18 May 2016 at 9-16
  • Wednesday, 1 June 2016 at 9-16


Meeting room 2,2
Fredrik Nielsens Vej 4
8000 Aarhus C.


Deadline for registration is Thursday 14 April 2016. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than Monday, 18 April 2016.

Due to an Agreement between Danish Universities coming into force as of 1 January 2011, participants from other universities than Aarhus University will have to pay DKK 1,200 per ECTS. In principle this also applies to external parties, but exemption can be granted under specific circumstances.

How to register for the course:

Please be aware that your registration for the course not necessarily equals your admission for the course. You will receive an e-mail two days after the registration deadline regarding whether you are admitted for the course or if you are registered on the waiting list.

Registration for participants from Aarhus University:

Registration for participants from other universities:

Please note that seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you have any questions, please contact PhD Partner Karen Konradi, GSST (

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