Most of us have stressed that nearly all courses require a lot to read. I thought it might be interesting for you to learn a bit more about what and where we are reading:
1. What do we read? The reading list usually consists of a few books and articles. Sometimes there is a course book included which helps you to get an overview of the relevant topic. As these books are designed for students, they are usually very well structured and easily understandable. The other books are academic research books written by scholars and usually take more time to read. They are much more theoretical and I sometimes must re-read passages to understand the described concepts. The same applies to articles, which stem from academic journals.
2. Where do we get the literature from? In general, it is your responsibility to get access to the literature; the course instructor won’t provide you with all of the material. All the articles can be found through the library’s online databases. This means, if you’re logged in your student account, you can access the articles for free.
To get the books you have several options: It can be very helpful to have some contacts to second year students – they might have some old copies or a scanned version. If not, there is still another “student-budget-friendly” possibility: The student union operates a second hand book shop on the main campus where you can find cheaper copies of nearly all books. However, there are limited numbers, so be sure to check in time! (Btw, you can also re-sell the books you do not want to keep, and get a bit of money back.) The last option is, of course, to buy a new version of the book. The prices of the books I bought ranged between 60 and 400kr. There is a “normal” book store on campus as well, which is super convenient when you are under time pressure. Otherwise, it might pay off to order them online.
3. Where do we read? Most of the times I start reading at home. After a certain time, I however need a change in my environment. Plus, home can be quite distracting (Oh, the computer. Oh, the fridge…). There are endless options on campus. There is the main library which has great study tables facing the nature (can be however very crowded), or you can visit libraries of specific institutes which are spread all over campus. In the school of business, the newly renovated study room is nice as well. Or you can sit in one of the several cafés. You will definitely find a place that fits your “reading needs”. Just explore the campus a bit and check out the less crowded places, too!
If you have any further questions – Just asked in the comments and we’ll be happy to give some more details.
Happy Easter everyone, or Glad Påsk how we say here in Sweden 🙂