Learning from the COVID-19 pandemic: an interdisciplinary approach

Ph.D. -course

Course description

Course content

To analyze the pandemic from multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives in order to achieve a better understanding of the generation of knowledge used to understand and address an unprecedent global health threat in society. Further, to reflect upon different approaches to complexity and uncertainty for better preparedness for new crisis.

Learning outcomes

A candidate who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge. The candidate ...

-understands the complexity and uncertainty in the development of evidence regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

- understands the need of different disciplines, methods, processes and stakeholders in research and educationprojects related to the pandemic

- can contribute to the development of new transdisciplinary knowledge, new theories, methods, interpretations and forms of documentation in the field

Skills. The candidate ...

- can formulate complex problems, research and scholarly and/or artistic development work incorporating different perspectives

- can be part of research and scholarly and/or artistic research work of a high international standard

- can handle complex academic issues and challenge established knowledge and practice in the field

General competence. The candidate ...

- can identify new relevant ethical issues and carry out his/her research with scholarly integrity

- can discuss complex interdisciplinary assignments and projects

- can assess the need for, initiate and practice innovation

Study period


Credits (ECTS)

Language of instruction
Recommended Previous Knowledge

Good knowledge of English, both written and oral

Compulsory Requirements

- 80% attendance on practical sessions like group work is required

- Accepted presentation of group work

- Accepted essay

- Electronic course evaluation

Form of assessment

Evaluation of group work and presentation (accepted)

Essay (3000 words) grades pass/fail

Course overlap
Full overlapp med ELMED328 (3 studiepoeng).
Supplementary course information
  • Face to face lectures, including Case-based learning (CBL) and Team based learning (TBL), three hours before lunch (9:00-12:00), three hours after lunch (12:30-15:30) for one week (last day as part of international conference)
  • Group work based on previously defined exercises every afternoon during one weeks and work on individual assignments
  • Academic responsible