Research Seminar II


The Research Seminar II carries on the objectives and syllabus of Research Seminar I:
To promote academic and institutional integration of new students in the PhD programme in Sociology;
to promote a sense of belonging to a new scientific group of peers and to the academic community represented by the institutions involved in the consortium;
to train students and provide them with tools so that they become familiar with abilities and competences for scientific writing and oral presentation/discussion;
to enable, in a seminar context, a collective approach to individual research developed by each student in its PhD project,;
to monitor and inspire the writing of the individual PhD project, which will be submitted, discussed and evaluated at the end of the school year.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Rui Manuel Leitão da Silva Santos


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 280

Teaching language



Achievement of Research Seminar I


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Teaching method

The seminar has clearly a work in progress, informal and tutorial nature, so the primary focus of the teaching- learning process is on students.
There is an intense exchange of ideas and perspectives, and the teachers assume the role of debate facilitators and guides (as primus inter pares), giving their own substantive contribution once the tour de table between students has been made.

Evaluation method

Evaluation Methodologies - - the quality of the research project draft submitted in the end of the semester(90%), - the student’s attendance and quality of individual participation in the seminar activities(10%)

Subject matter

With an internal and disciplinary nature, this Seminar is organized in sessions where
- Tools and techniques of bibliography collecting, handling and citation are provided;
- PhD projects by students of former years are presented and discussed, so that high scientific standards are understood by the newcomers;
- Chapters of already concluded theses are read and discussed, so that students are confronted with writing tools, techniques and styles, as well as other formal dimensions (internal structuration of dissertations)
- students present and debate collectively their own individual PhD projects – in their different stages of elaboration – so that colleagues can enrich them with their contributions
- students prepare the final public presentation and discussion of their PhD projects.


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