The addiction studies research in social sciences and public health at the University of Stavanger is multidisciplinary, based on the traditions of the social sciences, humanities and the health sciences. This course focuses on the social, cultural and historical prerequisites for substance use, and the welfare state's response. Substance use and addiction are contextualised, and seen in relation to the existing hegemony of knowledge, substance policy, legal regulations, and the availability and use of public services all influence, and are influenced by, each other in a system of dynamic processes and power relations. The aim of substance use and addiction studies in social sciences and public health should be to gain relevant knowledge of both women's and men's ability to promote their own policy needs in relation to the existing legal regulations and public services of the welfare state as seen through both gender - and user perspectives, by uncovering existing power relations and power dynamics. In light of critical realism, addiction is seen in the conjunction between pathological- and social science perspectives.
Course description for study year 2021-2022
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Number of semesters
Language of instruction
Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences
The following learning outcomes will be achieved by the PhD candidate on completion of the course:
The PhD candidate:
has advanced knowledge about addiction, with a special focus on perspectives from social sciences, public health, culture and history
has knowledge of different theories and methods in the field of addiction, and are able to evaluate different theories regarding the use of Substances, addiction and marginalization as a field of research
By the end of the course, the PhD candidate:
can analyse and critically evaluate substance use in a societal, cultural and historical perspective
can analyse and critically evaluate various standards for substances and substance use and addiction on the basis of scientific theories
can use relevant methods of research and professional developmental work in an independent manner to identify and facilitate interventions
can implement independent research or development projects under supervision and in accordance with ethical research norms
can critically reflect on addiction as a social and cultural phenomenon
can analyse relationships between policy, legal regulation, the availability and use of public services aimed at users within the addiction field
can develop and implement research projects of high scientific quality within social sciences and multidisciplinary research
can organize and present research projects at scientific conferences and conduct discussions in open seminars and colloquia groups
By the end of the course, the PhD candidate:
has qualification to evaluate different theories about the use of substances, addiction and marginalization, as a research field
can analyse ethical research issues related to addiction
can communicate own research work, others' research and master the terminology of the subject
can communicate research-based and professional issues, analyse and conclude about addiction, both within the field of research, within the public service provision and the general public
can contribute to innovation
can reflect on their own understanding and scientific position
Multidisciplinary models used to understand and explain substance use based on humanities, social sciences and health sciences
Social, cultural and historical prerequisites for substance use and the response of the welfare state
User involvement and user research
Addiction and marginalization
Required prerequisite knowledge
Master level within medicine, health sciences, societal safety, social science, or similar educations.
Form of assessment
Pass - Fail
Individual paper of 3000 words (+/- 10%) in English on a self-chosen topic approved by the instructor, which departs from the participants' on-going PhD project. However, the paper must take the form of a contribution to the general literature on different aspects of substance use and addiction. The paper must be submitted within five weeks after the end of the course, and will be evaluated as Pass/Fail.
Prepare a selection of literature of approximately 500 pages relevant for the course paper. This list must be submitted to the course administrator in advance of the course.
Prepare a 1 p. (ca.) note on theoretical basis departing from your PhD project, which outlines a research question for the planned topic of the course paper. This list must be sent to the course administrator in advance of the course.
Prepare a presentation of this theoretical basis for the first seminar day 2.
The selected literature and the one- page note will be presented and debated at Seminar 2. Students may then highlight elaborations and possible alterations as result of seminar discussions.
Generally active participation in discussions at the course.
Torgeir Gilje Lid
Kolbjørn Kallesten Brønnick
Trond Erik Grønnestad
Sverre Martin Nesvåg
Method of work
The course consists of 2 seminars and self-study. The seminars will include plenary debates and participant presentations. A detailed timetable will be made available at the beginning of the course.
The course participants are encouraged to contribute to the course evaluation. An evaluation form will be made available to the candidates after the papers are handed in.