The LTH Readership Course (=Docent Course) is a course in preparation for appointment as a reader (docent) as well as a qualifying course in teaching and learning in higher education at LTH. The course addresses topics of relevance for a future reader at LTH, such as research supervision, third-cycle studies (doctoral education), academic conduct, scholarly standards and assessment of PhD candidates. The aim of the course is thus to prepare a future reader for the functions of research supervisor, researcher and faculty examiner/member of examining committees at LTH.
The course consists of lectures, group discussions and written assignments reported individually and in groups. The course includes components on the formal aspects of research supervision, the processes of research supervision, development of third-cycle studies, academic conduct, good scholarship, development of research teams and assessment at dissertations. To be able to pass the course, participants must have attended most scheduled activities and fulfilled all course tasks. The course is given in English.
To be admitted to the course, participants must have a PhD degree and must be affiliated with an LTH research discipline. In order to profit as much as possible from the course, participants should have some postdoctoral experience of supervision and research. It is therefore recommended that potential participants apply to the course approximately two years after having obtained their PhDs.
The course corresponds to 3 weeks of full-time work.