Coursework stage You begin your studies in the DIA programme with the coursework stage, which lasts four semesters and consists of two compulsory courses, at least one core elective course and a maximum of two elective courses. Compulsory courses In the course "Philosophical and Methodological Foundations of Social Science Analysis" (English, 6 credits) we explore the theoretical and normative principles of economics, social sciences and law. In this way, scientific questions will be linked to methodologically based implementations. The "Proposal Colloquium" (English, 6 credits) allows you to develop a coherent research project and to get helpful feedback before you submit the research proposal for the doctoral thesis. Compulsory courses Course Lecturer Term Philosophical and Methodological Foundations of Social Science Analysis Prof. Dr. Patrick Emmenegger Fall Proposal Colloquium Prof. Dirk Lehmkuhl, Ph.D. Fall Core elective courses Various courses relating to methodological and thematic questions are offered in the areas of Political Science, Economics and Institutional Organisation Theory. At least one core elective course has to be attended (English, 4 credits). Core elective courses Course Lecturer Term Political Economics of Development Prof. Dr. Roland Hodler Fall Inequality and Macroeconomics Prof. Dr. Reto Föllmi Fall Advanced Trade Policy Analysis Prof. Simon Evenett, Ph.D. Spring Institutional Organization Theory Prof. Dr. Kuno Schedler Spring Political Choice: Strategy, Information and Institutions Prof. Oliver Westerwinter, Ph.D. Spring Elective courses You have the possibility to attend up to 2 elective courses (each 4 credits) and to choose from a range of seminars organized by both the GSERM (Global School in Empirical Research Methods) and other doctoral programmes at the HSG. If you want to attend external courses at other universities you have to submit a request in advance. When accepted by the Programme Commission the courses can be credited (see "downloads"). Preparation of the research proposal During the coursework stage you submit a research proposal for the doctoral thesis. The research proposal sets out the topic, the objective and the chosen method. Colloquium on the research proposal The Dissertation Committee (supervisor and co-supervisor) will carry out a colloquium with you on the research proposal. This lasts at least 30 minutes and is not open to the public. The Dissertation Committee decides either to accept the research proposal, return it for revision or to reject it.