UV9919V2 – Reviewing the Literature: Situating your Study in the Field

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The course is offered in collaboration with the CLEG research group.

Responsible: Ruth Jensen and Guri Skedsmo, University of Oslo, Tina Trujillo, UC Berkeley/University of Oslo

This two-day program will address a number of judgments and decisions about which literatures to engage with, and which to ignore, in reviewing the literature in order to situate a study in the field. The first day will include a session on knowledge production. It is about reviewing the literatures as a method of gaining data about projects, ideas, and people in their field.   
On the second day of the seminar we will present examples of review chapter in doctoral theses and draw on the PhD-candidates’ own review of their fields. We will work in small groups and plenary. Each participant is asked to submit a draft (an unfinished manuscript) which still may be altered, reframed and re-analyzed prior to the seminar. Each PhD candidate will be asked to give a short presentation of how they try to gain understandings of the knowledge production in their respective fields (15 minutes). There will be two discussants for each candidate, one senior researcher and one PhD candidate. The feedback will be given in relation to:

  • how major debates are identified 
  • how gaps in their field are located 
  • how the PhD - candidate creates the warrant for the study in question
  • the composition and the quality of writing and argumentation

Learning outcome

The seminar aims to discuss how to:

  • sketch out the nature of the field or fields relevant to the inquiry and adopt a critical stance
  • identify trends, major debates and locate gaps in the field
  • create the warrant for the study in question
  • identify the contribution the study will make


PhD candidates at the Faculty of Educational Sciences will be given priority, but it is also possible for others to apply for the course. Applicants must have at least a Master's degree.

Candidates admitted to the PhD Programme at the Faculty of Educational Sciences should apply through Studentweb

Other applicants may apply using this application form

Registration deadline: May 10, 2019.


Open lectures and seminars. 

This is an intensive course over two days, comprising a total of 15 hours.

Time: June 12-13, 2019

Place: University of Oslo, Helga Engs hus, Seminar Room 231

You will find the timetable and literature on the semester webpage for this course.



1 credit point for participation without paper (80% attendance is required).

3 credit points for course participation (80% attendance is required) and an approved paper (3000-5000 words). 

The paper should be a draft of chapter for thesis: Situating your study in the field.

The deadline for submission of the 1st draft of the paper is June 3, 2019

The deadline for submission of the 2nd draft of the paper is August 26, 2019

Papers are to be submitted electronically in Canvas.

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