This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies who have succesfully completed the second year elective course.
The number of participants is limited to 12.
A bachelor’s thesis is the students’ largest and most important piece of work in the program. It is a research paper of substantial size, which to a considerable extent is the result of research and writing that is independently done. Collective supervision is provided in thesis seminars. The aim of the thesis seminar is to guide students through the process of designing a research question; collecting literature, sources, data, and other materials that are necessary for answering the question; bringing logic and persuasive order in the material and in the arguments supported by it; and designing appropriate research methods. In addition, attention is paid to the relevance of the students’ research to a wider academic or non-academic audience.
The study of religion has never been more relevant than it is today. Religion is everywhere and continues to play a pivotal role globally. Thus, knowledge of religion and those who are religious is critical for understanding the world around us.
In this thesis seminar, students will be introduced to the role of religion in the contemporary period. First, on a theoretical level, we will discuss what we mean when we talk about ‘religion’ or ‘being religious’ by examining several approaches to the academic study of religion, including anthropological, economical, historical, political, psychological, and sociological. With this basic theoretical foundation in place, we will examine the following selected themes: community, culture, economics, health, law and governance, life and death, and conflict and violence. Additionally, each theme will be geo-culturally juxtaposed in order to provide for a diverse global perspective. By the end of the course students will have a broad knowledge of what religion is and how it continues to play a pivotal role globally.
Based, and further elaborating on the knowledge and skills acquired, students will prove themselves to be able to:
- work with research techniques that are current in the discipline(s) applied by them;
• comprehend sophisticated academic debates;
• report on their studies and research in good written English;
• work and write under time-pressure, and deal with deadlines.
• report on their studies and research in good spoken English;
• participate in debates in an active, prepared and informed way, respecting other people’s convictions and emotions;
• understand fundamental cultural differences and divisions.
The general academic skills covered by these aims are:
- collect and select specialised literature using traditional and electronic methods and techniques;
• analyse and evaluate this in terms of quality and reliability;
• formulate a well-defined research problem based on this;
• set up, under supervision, a study of limited size, taking into consideration the traditional and electronic methods and techniques relevant for the discipline;
• formulate a reasoned conclusion on the basis of this;
• explain research findings in a clear and well-argued way, both orally and in writing.
The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.
Mode of instruction
Eight seminar meetings of two hours, spread over semester.
Attendance: 16 hrs.
Collective presentation: 12 hrs.
Individual presentation: 8 hrs.
Literature review: 80 hrs.
Relevance note: 12 hrs.
Total: 140 hrs.
Common presentation: 10 %
Individual presentation 1: 10%
Individual presentation 2: 20%
Literature review, chapter 1: 40%
Relevance note: 20%
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
In addition to the thesis seminars, there will be individual supervision. However, no thesis can be submitted that has not been written in the context of a thesis seminar.
C.L. Williams MA, email