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.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

- plan and deliver focused and engaging, informative and persuasive presentations

- defend and debate their thesis and thesis topic in the defence in an assertive, professional manner

- reflect on and critique their own performance and those of others, including giving and receiving feedback and managing performance anxiety

- identify their next steps in the preparation for their Lectio Praecursoria and karonkka speeches

Credits: 1

Schedule: 20.01.2021 - 10.02.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Heli Dahlin, Susan Gamache, John Weston

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Signe-Anita Lindgren

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

CEFR level (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):


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



  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course aims to support and develop doctoral students' skills in presenting and defending their research. During the course, participants plan and structure their Lectio Praecursoria and the contents of the karonkka speech and practice defending their research and written work in small groups. Students will be introduced to different coping strategies for anticipating questions and responding in an assertive, professional manner. Students will also give and receive feedback on their visuals, content and language use. In addition, students will receive tips on how to cope with performance anxiety.

    Working Life Skills: Knowledge of the research of own field; Foreign language skills; Skills related to international working environment; Problem-solving skills; Information retrieval skills; Oral communication skills; Self-awareness and self-confidence; Critical and analytical thinking skills; Lifelong learning skills

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    - Lectio / karonkka speech (videoed) 30%

    - Debate / discussions 30%

    - Reflection and preparation activities 40%

    Note: 80% attendance is required

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Small group instruction 12 h + independent work 15 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Provided by the teacher and students

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course is intended for doctoral students who are preparing for the public examination of their doctoral dissertation. It is recommended that the course be taken at least one month or more before the planned date of defence. Participants are expected to submit a needs analysis and an abstract of their dissertation before the beginning of the course. Participants are also encouraged to attend a doctoral defence to acquaint themselves with the process prior to the course.