Thesis Project I


The aim of this unit is the discussion of several topics related to the PhD programme and to organise working groups according to individual research interests.

Is aimed to acquire critical analysis competences and the synthesis of new and complex ideas. It aims also the development of forms of oral and written forms of communication in the context of scientific themes.

To develop the PhD thesis plan

To propose expert names to integrate the Commission for Thesis Follow-up

Public discussion of the Thesis Plan in the Winter School

General characterization





Responsible teacher

António Paulo Brandão Moniz de Jesus


Weekly - 6

Total - 158

Teaching language



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  • Bechmann, Krings, Rader: Across the divide. Work, organization and social exclusion in the european information society 2003
  • Goldstein, Hogarth: Research on Judgment and Decision Making 1997.
  • Bijker, Law 1992. Shaping Technology/Building Society. Cambrige MIT.
  • Bimber 1996. The Politics of Expertise in Congress. Albany SUNY
  • Decker, Ladikas 2004. Bridges between Science, Society and Policy. Springer
  • IST/VITO: Participatory methods Toolkit: a practitioner’s manual, 
  • Sclove 2010, Reinventing Technology Assessment

Teaching method

The teaching methods will be diversified and will include, among others:

- presentation of view points

- discussion and critical analysis of texts and scientific problematics

- research and systematisation pf scientific information

(will be taught in English if there are non-Portuguese spoken students)

Evaluation method

The students assessment is continuous and will be based on:

  • participation in the activities of sessions that require their presence
  • presentation and discussion of scientific problematics
  • writing and presentation of reports

Subject matter

Part 1

  • Definition of research topics
  • Methods of team work organisation
  • Critical analysis
  • Ethical challenges in the development of technology
  • Principles of technology assessment
  • The scientific reasoning
  • The construction of hypothesis (causal hypothesos and statistics)
  • Theoretical models and its assessment
  • Refereeing, communication and the information sources

Part 2

  • Presentation and discussion of draft topic for a thesis
  • forms of oral and writing communication in the context of scientific terms
  • science ethics
  • intellectual propriety
  • quality patterns among the scientific communicty
  • seminars and exercises


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