Training Courses – Ed
Courses: PANGeA - Ed
The PANGeA Training and Skills Development Programme (PANGeA – Ed) was launched in September 2016 in order to build human capital within African universities.
The programme aims to develop research capacity through broad-based research and scholarship support on PANGeA campuses. Furthermore, through conscious efforts to develop structured opportunities for academic interaction of PANGeA staff in order to stimulate research collaboration and joint research projects amongst PANGeA partners.
Workshop Overview: (Critical) Discourse Analysis
The past four decades have witnessed the development of new forms of scholarly reflection on the role of language in social life. This course provides an introduction to two approaches to the study of discourse in society, namely Discourse Analysis (DA) and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA).
Both approaches use methods of research typically associated with literary stylistics and linguistic pragmatics to analyse various kinds of spoken and written texts.
Participants will gain knowledge of and insight into core theoretical assumptions, principles and terminology. The course will make use of concrete illustrative studies that will guide participants in the analysis of their own PhD data.
Workshop Overview: How to get published?
African academics are under increasing pressure to publish in international journals. This interactive workshop is designed to help academics to negotiate the processes of academic writing, choosing journals, and dealing with and responding to peer review.
Course participants are encouraged to bring examples of their own writing as well as feedback from journals to the course so that the group has practical examples to work from.
Workshop Overview: Literary and Cultural Analysis
This workshop will offer intellectual approaches and practices of engaging with literature, art and contemporary popular culture.
The aim will be to explore how literary texts and other cultural products acquire significance in light of their wider historical, political, and philosophical contexts of production and consumption. The workshop will specifically highlight how to interpret and evaluate texts and other cultural objects by drawing on larger theoretical and philosophical ideas and synthesizing the two sets of material into a coherent intellectual debate.
Workshop Overview: Mixed Methods Research
This workshop is concerned with mixed methods research - research that combines qualitative and quantitative research. Therefore, at least some prior knowledge about qualitative and/or quantitative research methods is required. You will gain knowledge and insight into the meaning, key features and types of mixed methods research, the types of research questions that can be addressed by a mixed methods approach, the challenges of this research approach by looking at examples and thinking critically about the potential, but also limitations of mixed methods research.
Participants who are at the beginning of a research project will benefit the most from the workshop and are encouraged to bring examples of their research proposal/ideas.
Workshop Overview: Scientific Writing Skills
This academic writing skills workshop will focus on writing dissertations and academic articles and will be customised to the group’s individual writing needs. Participants will have the opportunity to refine their writing skills in an interactive, practical way and receive answers about academic writing in general.
The purpose of the workshop is not to furnish participants with a recipe or rigid writing ‘rules’ but rather to provide guidelines about using different writing strategies to effectively convey information, data, and arguments.
The workshop is accredited (NQF level 6) and participants will receive certificates of attendance.
Workshop Overview: Urban Ethnography
This three day workshop will cover diverse aspects of the study of people in their own environment through the use of methods such as participant observation and face-to-face interviewing; i.e. ethnographic research.
The course will focus on the construction of the field (research site(s), navigation of the field and production of texts from the data gathered from the field).
Workshop Overview: The Phronetic Methodology: Theory and Practices
This three-day workshop covers the philosophical and theoretical background of the Phronetic methodology; guidelines for designing and operationalizing Phronetic research; and illustrative cases on thinking phronetically and operationalizing the Phronetic methodology. The workshop will benefit researchers in the humanities and social sciences who are interested in applying the philosophy of engagement in their research and in theorizing about contextual and socio-economic and political practices.