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Thesis Seminar MSc Political Science - Fall 2015



Objective: 1. To deepen the understanding of theories and methods related to research on a specific subfield of Political Science.
Objective: 2. Applying them to a specific topic as part of the student’s master thesis project.
Content: Students apply theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills to a theme related to conflict and cooperation. The thesis seminar Political Science is open to students writing their theses on topics from all subfields of Political Science, preferably but not limited to the subfields of international relations, political communication, and political behavior. It is strongly recommended that students start thinking about the topic of their thesis before the start of the classes. The first meeting of the semester will be held jointly with the two thesis seminar instructors. After students present their preliminary thesis topics, they will be assigned to one of two separate seminar groups based on their substantive interests, their methodological approaches, and the expertise of the instructors. Attendance is compulsory for all classes of the thesis seminar.

Methods of Instruction

Seminar discussion

Study Material

Literature for the project will be announced on Blackboard at the beginning of the semester


See Thesis Info in the e-Guide


Students do not need to register themselves in advance for one of the two thesis seminars that are offered. Registration will take place during the first collective class meeting in which the procedure will be explained to you.

Registration is open for students that started their Master in Political Science in February. All other students should contact the exam committee to request permission to take this thesis seminar. Students can take the Thesis Seminar only once in their academic year.


The first meeting of the Thesis Seminar Fall 2015 will be a joint meeting and will take place on Tuesday the 1st of September, 9.00-11.00 hrs in room 1A01

Thesis Seminar Group 1, Michael Meffert
Tuesday 1 September, 9.00-11.00 hrs in 1A01 (and SA31)
Tuesday 8 and 15 September, 9.00-11.00 hrs in 5A42
Tuesday 22 September, 9.00-11.00 hrs in SA37
Tuesday 29 September, 9.00-11.00 hrs in 5A29
Tuesday 6 October, 9.00-11.00 hrs in SA21
Tuesday 13 October, 9.00-11.00 hrs in SA37
Tuesday 20 October until 15 December, 9.00-11.00 hrs in 1A11
Thursday 3 September until 17 December, 13.00-15.00 hrs in 1A22

Thesis Seminar Group 2, Theresa Reinold
Tuesday 1 September, 9.00-11.00 hrs in 1A01
Tuesday 8 and 15 September, 9.00-11.00 hrs in 1A01
Tuesday 22 and 29 September, 9.00-11.00 hrs in 5A42
Tuesday 6, 13 and 20 October, 9.00-11.00 hrs in 1A27
Tuesday 27 October until 22 December, 13.00-15.00 individual meetings
Wednesday 2 September, 13.00-15.00 hrs in SA29
Wednesday 9 September until 21 October, 13.00-15.00 hrs in 1A11