Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The aim of the seminar is to advance doctoral students' research skills and facilitate discussion about photography research methods, theoretical approaches and current phenomena. The seminar supports the students in developing their own doctoral dissertations and the related argumentation and presentation skills.

Credits: 2

Schedule: 17.09.2020 - 17.06.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Harri Laakso

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Harri Laakso

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: Finnish, English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Seminar program is published in the beginning of each term. Seminar meetings are generally about once a month. In the seminar the doctoral students present at least once a year their research topic and texts, theoretical background literature, artistic work and research material. In addition to discussing the doctoral students' own research projects the seminar includes discussion on other current issues in photography research. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Active participation in discussions, feedback and reflection is required in addition to own presentations and to reading assigned texts.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The total amount of credits is 6, 2 ects per year. Meetings are generally once a month, 1/2-2 days. Outside the meetings the participants are required to read preparatory research texts and each other's drafts.