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Newsflash No. 81 - March 16, 2020

A collection of news, events, seminars, information, and other opportunities for master's students at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Contents

Graduate School News

Corona virus update from the Director of Studies
Update on the corona virus from the University
Application for third term elective courses now open on antagning.se

News from the Faculty of Social Sciences

Project assistant needed for the Department of Political Science

Other News

Development & Outreach Intern

 


Graduate School News


Corona virus update from the Director of Studies

Dear Students,

We are about to wrap up the spring’s profile courses, and kick off the methods half of the term. Obviously the Corona pandemic will disrupt operations going forward, but we were relatively quick out of the contingency planning blocks and have prepared for the eventuality that campus teaching will be stopped. For that reason we have tech solutions in place, and the course coordinators have been working diligently to make this option feasible. Spare a thought for your teachers if they look a bit tired – they have been working hard to make it happen.

As this is being written (this could change fast of course), Lund University has not formally decided to close down, and we, as a university unit, must of course adhere to the decided policy, but whatever happens, you can be assured that your various methods courses starting early next week will take place as planned although very likely in a different format (we have prepared for full virtualisation of all these courses). Obviously, the details for each course will have to be tweaked, but as long as both we, and you, stay flexible and constructive, we should be able to make it to the finishing line together. A few itemised things to consider: 

1) Many courses will use Zoom for some seminars, and it is also an ideal way for you to do groupwork and communicate with one another. Zoom has a web client, but I suggest that you, if you have a device that is compatible, download the client just in case, and generally acquaint yourself with Zoom (gather a few buddies in a Zoom group to see how it works!) before the course how to make use of it. Technical information here: https://www.ahu.lu.se/en/resurser/e-meetings-in-zoom/  

2) Live@Lund will continue to be your main course platform, and information about changes to the course to improve distance-based components will be posted there by your teachers. Please check that site regularly from late this week.  

3) For our Thesis writers, things are relatively straightforward: contact your supervisors if you intend to leave the country (we realise that some of you might be worried about rapidly closing borders) or otherwise prefer e-supervision. We support distance supervision, and will make sure that e-examination will also be an option for those of you who cannot make it (or maybe for all of you depending on whether campus teaching is allowed or not at that point). 

4) We will use the Newsflash channel to tell you of any overarching changes in policy etc. as communicated to us by the Faculty and/or the core university. We will send out an extra Newsflash by the end of this week to keep you posted, and to provide more details about the period ahead. 

Classes are not suspended as of now, but if you have an underlying health condition and do feel anxious about being on campus, feel free to stay at home. There will be no extra penalties for non-attendance of campus events.

Stay safe, and if you have questions, don’t hesitate to pose them – course issues to your course coordinators; other things directly to us. Graduate School intends to stand by you to the fullest extent possible. And remember to read the next Newsflash coming out later this week.

Mikael Sundström
Director of Studies


Update on the corona virus from the University
For information from the university concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please visit https://www.staff.lu.se/article/update-regarding-the-coronavirus-outbreak
The Graduate School has elected to not show upcoming events this Newsflash. Please be additionally aware that upcoming events are at a higher risk than usual of being cancelled. Please act in a responsible way when deciding whether to attend events.


Application for third term elective courses now open on antagning.se
Third term elective courses have now opened up for applications on antagning.se. EVERYONE should apply for elective courses, even if you KNOW you will do internship/fieldwork/exchange. It is important to have elective courses as a back-up option, if (for any reason) your original plan cannot be carried out.
Application period: 16 March - 15 April
More information: https://www.graduateschool.sam.lu.se/education/current-students/third-term-options/elective-courses 
Questions: Book a meeting with/send an email to your Academic Advisor: lucie [dot] larssonova [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se 

 

News from the Faculty of Social Sciences


Project assistant needed for the Department of Political Science
The department of Political Science is looking to hire a project assistant, to be employed on a 40-60 % basis within the project “Pathways to Breaking the Fossil Fuel Lock-In: Assessing the Influence of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals on Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform”. The project runs 2020-22 and assesses the pathways through which international environmental institutions, particularly the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, influence domestic fossil fuel subsidy reforms. More information about the project can be found here: https://portal.research.lu.se/portal/en/projects/pathways-to-breaking-the-fossil-fuel-lockin-assessing-the-influence-of-the-paris-agreement-and-the-sustainable-development-ghoals-on-fossil-fuel-subsidy-reform(21cb5198-2707-43f8-910f-105ea7dfab90).html
The position starts on 15 April 2020 and runs for four months. 
To be qualified, the applicant needs to hold a bachelor degree in Political Science, Sociology, Development Studies, Economics or similar, and have documented knowledge in data collection. Other competences relevant for the project subject or work tasks are also valued. 
Work tasks: Qualitative analysis: data collection of policy documents for the mapping of decisions to reform fossil fuel subsidies, and for case studies within the project. Furthermore, data collection concerning efforts to address fossil fuel subsidies within the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Quantitative analysis: data collection (especially from the OECD and similar data bases) and management. Possible administrative tasks.
Contact: Jakob Skovgaard, jakob [dot] skovgaard [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se
Last application date: 22.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET
Read more and apply: https://lu.varbi.com/en/what:job/jobID:321579/type:job/where:4/apply:1
 

Other News

 

Development & Outreach Intern

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking an intern for the Development and Outreach Department for its Stockholm office. Ideally, the candidate will be available full time starting in late- August 2020 to mid-January 2021 (total of 20 weeks). This internship is best suited for individuals interested in gaining experience within a small office of a large, well-organized, international non-profit organization. The intern will gain experience and skills in human rights outreach, communication, and advocacy. The internship offers flexibility and provides a comprehensive introduction to working in a human rights organization. Students will also have opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, special events relating to human rights, as well as network with other HRW interns, volunteers, and employees. As an HRW intern, students will take skills acquired in school and apply them in a professional setting.
Some of the main tasks during the internship may include: Outreach and fundraising: The intern will assist in HRW’s work of promoting and protecting human rights with a focus on outreach and fundraising activities. Furthermore, the intern will support the team by: planning and organising events; helping create content and strategy; drafting documents and other correspondence related to donor outreach; operating the fundraising and donor management database; conducting prospect research; and conducting desk research for development and outreach projects. Communication: Interns will assist with drafting social media posts and conducting interviews with visiting researchers for Facebook and Instagram. Interns will help produce content and text for newsletters and invitations to events and seminars. Advocacy: The intern will support the Nordic Advocacy Director and take part in our advocacy work. The intern will learn how to conduct human rights advocacy, promote HRW policy, summarise reports, and create targeted communication efforts.
Qualifications: Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, creative, flexible, and detail- oriented with excellent time management skills. Experience with collaborating within a team is desirable. Internet research skills and familiarity with MS Office programs, such as Word and Excel, are essential. The ideal candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills in Swedish and English and a demonstrated interest in fundraising and human rights.
Internships are unpaid. Interns in Sweden must be an enrolled student for the duration of their internship term. The internship must be a part of their school program, to ensure that they receive funding from the government.
Application Deadline: March 29, 2020
How to Apply: Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at: https://careers.hrw.org and attaching a CV/resume and letter of interest. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further.