Compulsory Modules (56 ECTS-Credits)
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Module 4: Reflection on Research (5 ECTS-Credits) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Competence in planning research projects including a written presentation; reflected knowledge, and a prospectus of the student's dissertation.
In the first year of the doctoral programme, a comprehensive description of the planned dissertation has to be compiled. This includes the central question, methods, objectives, literature, and time schedule of the project.
Module 5: Active Participation in Scientific Discourse (10 ECTS-Credits) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students present their research results in national and international forums; they acquire basic skills in research management and in applying for research funds; they analyze and critically assess their own research results and those of others; creation of a culture committed to research ethics and rejecting plagiarism; students are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses.
Presentation of the student's own research results in guest lectures and/or at conferences and/or through progress reports and/or at workshops and/or through competitions, and/or through articles in journals.
Module 6: Traineeship in Academic Scholarship and Research (10 ECTS-Credits) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of Mandatory Module 4 (Research Reflection)
Learning Outcome: Students acquire the occupational skills relevant for pursuing an independent scientific career.
In coordination with the main dissertation supervisor, students complete a one semester science and research trainee programme adapted to the subject focus of their dissertation. This programme includes special assignments in different areas of university careers. The science and research trainee programme includes the student's active participation in ongoing departmental as well as national and international research projects.
Module 7: Culture and Society (2 ECTS-Credits, 2 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students know different theories of cultural studies and art, both in terms of their own discipline and with regard to interdisciplinary research.
Module 10: Doctoral Thesis Defense (5 ECTS-Credits) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: positive completion of all other modules and positive evaluation of the dissertation
Learning Outcome: Presentation, reflection on and analysis of the dissertation results in the overall context of the doctoral programme; the focus is on summarizing and explaining results of the research project, on presenting the increase in knowledge for the discipline and its relevance for society, on demonstrating evaluation and methodical competences, as well as on presenting the results.
Final oral dissertation defense taken before an examination board.

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