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Learning Opportunity: Social Work, Doctorate

Social Work, Doctorate

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Knowledge, Ability and Skills
At the conclusion of the doctorate, the student shall have obtained the following referents, in addition to those obtained at the previous level:

1. Knowledge and Understanding
1.1 The student has gained an extensive and in-depth understanding of the main theories, basic ideas, concepts and most recent knowledge of a specific field within social work. The knowledge is significantly deeper than that acquired at the previous level.
1.2 The student has adopted a creative and critical way of thinking in matters related to his/her research field and can put forth and develop academic ideas
1.3 The student has an understanding of the nature of social scientific research and knows the rights and obligations of scientists, including when it comes to issues of confidentiality, property rights, ethics, and ownership of results and data.
1.4 The student has taken initiative in creating new knowledge and interpreting it through research which has passed the review and critique of scholars in the appropriate field.
1.5 The student possesses knowledge and information gained through his/her own research and which counts as a valuable contribution to the academic field in question.
1.6 The student knows the systems used to finance research and assess it and has an understanding of the academic and business uses of research.

2. Practical Skills and Ability
2.1 The student can execute a research project by setting research objectives and milestones, and prioritizing project factors.
2.2 The student can design and use systematic methods to gather and analyze information on complex subjects with the assistance of the appropriate research tools and data.
2.3 The student knows how to use general and specialized methodological concepts used in his/her field of research and related fields.
2.4 The student knows how to collect appropriate information from scholarly magazines and other databases and knows how to use information technology to work with information, register it and present it systematically.

3. Theoretical Ability
3.1 The student can use new and known methods in an innovative way to expand the knowledge base of his/her field of research and subject.
3.2 The student can, through his/her research tackle new and very complex subjects and guide them through to a conclusion.
3.3 The student has written well structured scholarly papers on his/her research and has published these articles in internationally recognized scholarly magazines.
3.4 The student can prepare a detailed piece of writing which summarizes his/her published research and is considered acceptable for a doctoral defense of appropriate parties within the University.

4. Communication Skills and Information Literacy
4.1 The student can effectively present his academic field to colleagues, scholars, and the general public.
4.2 The student can work in teams with others and successfully cooperate with advisors and colleagues within the institute and within the wider frame of scholarly society, including participating in critical debate and exchange of views on scholarly issues.
4.3 The student can argue his/her case verbally in seminars or on oral exams and explain and defend his/her research to research funds' boards.
4.4 The student has demonstrated professional independence and initiative and been responsible for own work and that of others, and teach others research methods and scholarly subjects.
4.5 The student can use any type of software which can be of use in his/her academic field to analyze and present research conclusions.
4.6 The student can critically evaluate any type of numeric and visual information in his/her academic field.

5. General Learning Skills
5.1 The student has adopted the will and skills to learn and gather knowledge, along with approaching all knowledge critically and with an open mind.
5.2 The student is driven to seek knowledge, is disciplined, meticulous and aware of the limits of his/her knowledge, is confident and demonstrates initiative in his/her research.

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