Individual Research Work I

This course is part of the programme
Doctoral study programme Humanities

Objectives and competences

The students will strengthen their

skills related to reading and critical analysis of relevant scientific literature;
ability to critically analyse relevant data;
skills related to public presentation of research;
ability to plan and carry out research work;
ability to develop argumentation and defence of their own research hypotheses and findings.


The student must have a mentor that will assist him/her in his/her individual research work.


The student’s individual research work under mentor supervision.

The following elements will be included:
an overview of the student's research and intended research aims for the dissertation theme;
realisation of the planned research in year one;
an analysis of the student's research results at the end of year one;
a critical overview of the research planned to be carried out in year two.

Intended learning outcomes

Students are expected to show a visible progress in their individual research work.


Relevant literature in the field.


The student must write a report about his/ her research work and submit it to the mentor for evaluation (overview of the chosen research field, research hypotheses, aims, work plan for years two and three).

Lecturer's references

Prof. dr. Ana Toroš is employed at the Faculty of Humanities and at the Research Center for the Humanities of the University of Nova Gorica (UNG). In addition to pedagogical and research work, she is the director of the study program Humanities III. degree, which operates within the Faculty of Postgraduate Studies of UNG. Her research is focused on the field of regional comparative literature and literary imagology, and she is interested in multilingual literature in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region (Italy) and in the Goriška and Obalno-kraška regions. In this context, she dealt with the literary work of Alojz Gradnik and Trieste poetry of the first half of the 20th century. Recently, she has been conducting a research on authors of the 20th and 21st centuries in the Goriška and Udine regions, writing in Slovene, Friulian, Italian and German. She also researches minority literature in Trieste and Slovenian Istria from a comparative point of view.