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.


From the lectures presented and the readings required participants:

1. Learn about the discourses and terminology associated to the subject (or topic) of the School.

2. Exposure to literature related to the topic being discussed in the School.

3. Participate in interdisciplinary discussions about the subject of the School.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 16.02.2021 - 19.02.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Lily Diaz-Kommonen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Harri Laakso, Sebastian Schlecht

Contact information for the course (valid 12.01.2021-21.12.2112):

Please contact prof. Sebastian J. Schlecht for questions regarding this edition of the Doctoral School.

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: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Every year we select a topic for discussion as part of the Doctoral School at the Department of Media. In general the School last 2-3 days. This includes direct contact with invited guest speakers and faculty members. There are lectures, seminar discussions and candidates make presentations.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Please find the detailed plan for the course on the main page.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Participation in the School and quality of work presented. 

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The evaluation is based on the following subtask:

    • Preparation of the reading material
    • Participation in the discussion
    • Presentation and discussion of your own research
    • VR World Building for own research presentation

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Candidates are supposed to engage in readings and prepare their own presentations for the school. 

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Workload split between:

    • Reading Preparation (30 - 80h)
    • Own research preparation (15h)
    • Session Participation (4 x 7h = 28h)

    The course total is between 1-4 ECTS depending on the participation and amount of reading and preparation.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Study materials are given prior to each edition of the School.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The study material is selected from the suggested reading material submitted by your course colleagues. The reading list is provided 3 weeks ahead of the course start.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course is meant for doctoral students but advanced MA students can attend, if there is space available.

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Register through Weboodi.

    Scope and further information changed by decision of Academic Committee for Arts, Design and Architecture on 30 September, 2020.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course participation requires the completion of the pre-assignment. Students who have not filled the pre-assignment will not be admitted to the course.


Further Information
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course in organised in the form of varying summer/winter schools etc. with a separate notice. Period varies every year.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course participation requires the completion of the pre-assignment. Students who have not filled the pre-assignment will not be admitted to the course.

Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    The contact sessions are four full-day sessions, 16th-19th February. All session are remote.