autumn 2023
SVH-8001 Research dissemination - 5 ECTS

Type of course

The course may be taken as a single course.

Ph.d.-students at UiT register for class and examination in Studentweb by September 1.

Other applicants: June 1st

Application code 9301 in Søknadsweb.

Admission requirements

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian Master´s Degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that they are registered PhD students.

Holders of a Master´s Degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you see the following list:

For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document:

Maximum total enrolment is 15. Admission to the course will be prioritized according to the following list:

Category 1: Students admitted to the PhD program at UiT. Students at the HSL faculty are given priority if the number of applicants exceeds the number of places.

Category 2: PhD students from other universities.

If there are more than 15 PhD students from HSL who apply. Students who do not have Norwegian as their first language will be prioritized first and students who are furthest along in their studies will be prioritized second. Minimum total participants is 5.

Course overlap

If you pass the examination in this course, you will get an reduction in credits (as stated below), if you previously have passed the following courses:

SVF-8048 Popular Research Communication 3 ects
SVF-8049 Dissemination of scholarly research 2 ects
HEL-8004-EN General and Scientific Research Communication (English) 3 ects
HEL-8004-NO General and Scientific Research Communication (Norwegian) 3 ects
SVH-8002 Research dissemination 5 ects
HEL-8045-NO Innovation and public science communication 2 ects
HEL-8045-EN Innovation and public science communication 2 ects
GEN-8007 How to communicate your research 1 ects
GEN-8007 How to communicate your research 3 ects

Course content

This course is designed to prepare students for engagement in competent and responsible research dissemination, directed towards the challenges for Phd students and researchers in the humanities and social sciences in particular. Hands-on practice based on the participant´s own research will form the starting point for theoretical reflection.

The research dissemination will thematize and assess the need for, take the initiative and drive innovation, both inside and outside academia.

Communication of one´s own research is an integral part of scientific endeavour and the dissemination of research results within one´s field is a prerequisite for scientific progress. In addition, research is also part of the society it emerges from, and both the university and the individual researcher have a duty to make that research accessible to the general Public.

Research dissemination is a complex activity that takes place in a range of situation types, relationships and contexts, and can give rise to ethical challenges and questions of best practice. Mode of dissemination varies according to the particular audience, and encompasses many different formats and media. All kinds of dissemination, whether within one´s own academic peer group or outwards to the general public, require a broad understanding of the distinct requirements of different genres and the expectations of one´s audience. In addition, the priorities and implementational choices a researcher makes in the dissemination process is a major component of their own identity as a researcher.

The course takes the above characteristics as a starting point, and develops them in the context of the different disciplinary strands within humanistic and social scientific research. It will form a foundational support for the individual´s future development as a communicator of their own Research.

Objectives of the course

he students have the following learning outcomes:


The student has knowledge of:

•The university´s and the researcher´s social duties and responsibilities with regard to dissemination

•The norms of academic honesty, factual argumentation, and scientific discussion

•The different genres, formats and platforms for dissemination in both the scientific and general public domains.

•The criteria for successful and responsible research dissemination in different genres and forums, and for different audiences.

•Elected newer and classic theories about creativity and innovation processes in relation to problem solving,as well as identify significant similarities and differences between these


The student is able to / can:

• Communicate their research through written, spoken and visual modes of expression.

• Take part in interviews and conversations about their own research

• Adapt their research communication to different media and audiences

• Take part as an academic expert in public debate.

• Take part in academic debate within their field at the national and international levels


The student is able to:

Construct and organize actual forms of dissemination for research projects.

Evaluate and reflect upon their own research communication and that of others.

Communicate research and development work with academic integrity, through established national and international channels.

Recognize and express the ways in which their research has an effect on, relevance for, and connection to society.

Language of instruction and examination

Teaching will take place in English in the Fall semester (SVH-8001), and in Norwegian in the Spring semester. The language for the exam is Norwegian, another Scandinavian language, or English.

Teaching methods

Teaching will consist of lectures, seminars, group work and practical exercises, directed towards issues in both discipline-specific and general public dissemination.

The course will take place over a total of 4 whole days, divided between two separate sessions. The first of the required tasks for the course will be delivered before the first meeting. Other tasks will be completed in class, while yet others will be completed by the student in the time period in between the two class meetings.


Examination: Date: Grade scale:
Portfolio 01.12.2023 14:00 (Hand in) Passed / Not Passed

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Draft presentation of the student´s own research Approved – not approved
At least 3 out of 6 tasks must be completed and approved Approved – not approved
Participation and 80% attendance are obligatory Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

The following coursework requirements must be completed and approved in order to take the final exam:

  • Draft presentation of the student´s own research, designed for a general audience, 1000 characters max. (about half a page), to be handed in before the first meeting.
  • Participation and 80% attendance are obligatory.
  • At least 3 of the following tasks must be completed and approved in order to qualify for final assessment:
    • draft abstract of an article (300 words)
    • draft of a scientific/academic poster
    • draft book review or peer review of an article.
    • draft newspaper article, blog article, or microblog series
    • short oral presentation (including the subsequent submission of written material—handout or slide show, notes etc), or recording of a podcast
    • participation in an interview.

Tasks completed will undergo mutual evaluation in smaller groups based on given criteria, and under the guidance of an experienced researcher.

More info about the portfolio

The exam will consist of a submitted portfolio containing a choice of 3 of the previously submitted tasks, together with a summary of in class peer evaluations and the student´s own self- evaluation (reflection over the strengths and weaknesses of their own work, based on given recognized criteria). At least one of the submitted tasks should be directed towards a general audience, and one directed towards a discipline-specific audience.

The exam will be assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.

Re-sit examination

Students who do not pass the previous ordinary examination can gain access to a re-sit examination.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: SVH-8001
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet