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The general teaching/learning strategy of the European/International Joint PhD in S.R. & C. is to examine the following aspects of social representations and communication:
- Historical and theoretical aspects
- Methodological aspects
- Fieldwork and applications
- Current comparative European research projects
The didactic structure within this overall strategy
is highly innovative. As the system of open distance learning
(outlined below 1-6) makes clear, European/International Joint PhD research trainees are
involved in an interlocking system of virtual and physical
mobility which allows for considerable flexibility in
catering for students research needs while at the
same time guaranteeing individual tutoring and interactive
The basic didactic structure of the European/International Joint PhD in S.R. & C. is composed of:
Within this framework, research trainees are required to
relocate abroad researching in different countries. This unique feature of the European/International Joint PhD
programme enables research trainees to work alongside their foreign
tutors in a new and stimulating research environment.
Research trainees obligations also include (1) submitting an extended
yearly report to be presented in the dedicated training
session during the International Summer Schools - and
a bibliography on the research undertaken and (2) maintaining
regular communication with their tutors.
The above training is characterised by a multidisciplinary and multi-method approach. As the attached descriptions of individual training sites indicate, each network university site has special expertise in a particular methodological approach to research in social representations. The research trainee is thus exposed to a variety of complementary methodological approaches.