The seminar consists of bi-weekly meetings in which students are given the opportunity to present their work and to comment on the work of others, and to discuss practical matters. Attendance of the thesis seminar is compulsory for all students in the MA-programme Political Culture and National Identities and the subspecialisation Political Debate from the start of their thesis until the completion of the thesis.
General learning objectives
The Thesis seminar is the supporting course for the Thesis. After finishing the Thesis the student has acquired:
- 1) The ability to independently identify and select literature, using traditional and modern techniques;
- 2) The ability to independently identify and select sources, using traditional and modern techniques;
- 3) The ability to analyse and evaluate a corpus of sources with a view to addressing a particular historical problem;
- 4) The ability to analyse and evaluate literature with a view to addressing a particular historical problem;
- 5) The ability to independently formulate a clear and well-argued research question, taking into account the theory and method of the field and to reduce this question to accessible and manageable sub-questions;
- 6) The ability to independently set up and carry out an original research project that can make a contribution to existing scholarly debates;
- 7) The ability to give a clear and well-founded oral and written report on research results in correct English, when required, or Dutch, meeting the criteria of the discipline;
- 8) The ability to participate in current debates in the specialisation;
- 9) The ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity, and formulate judgments with incomplete or limited information, including the ability to reflect on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of knowledge and judgments;
- 10) The ability to reflect on one’s own professional integrity and moral conduct;
- 11) The ability to provide constructive feedback to and formulate criticism of the work of others and the ability to evaluate the value of such criticism and feedback on one’s own work and incorporate it;
- 12) Understanding of the relevance for society of the historical discipline in general and the specialisation in particular.
Learning objectives, pertaining to the specialisation
- 13) Thorough knowledge and comprehension of one of the specialisations or subspecialisations as well as of the historiography of the specialisation, focusing particularly on the following:
- in the specialisation Political Culture and National Identities: political practices, symbols and perceptions, nationalism, and national identities in a cultural and societal context from 1800;
- in the subspecialisation Political Debate also: political debates and debating styles in the Netherlands and abroad, both from a historical and a current perspective.
- 14) Thorough knowledge and comprehension of the theoretical, conceptual and methodological aspects of the specialisation or subspecialisation in question, with a particular focus on the following:
- in the specialisation Political Culture and National Identities: international comparison and transfer; the analysis of the specific perspectives of secondary studies; a cultural-historical approach of politics and a political-historical approach of culture;
- in the subspecialisation Political Debate also: historical and interdisciplinary analysis of political argumentation and rhetoric.
The timetable is available on the MA History website.
Mode of instruction
- Thesis seminar. Students are given the opportunity to present their work and to comment on the work of others, and to discuss practical matters.
- ca. 14 hours (part of course load Thesis)
None, supporting course.
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