Students choose (one of) the thesis seminar(s) offered within their specialisation. It is strongly recommended that students start thinking about the topic of their thesis before the start of the classes. Attendance is compulsory for all classes. Detailed information about the study material and the writing process can be found on Blackboard.
Objective: 1. To deepen the understanding of theories and methods related to research on the theme of the Master Specialisation.
Objective: 2. Applying them to a specific topic as part of the student’s Master thesis project.
General Introduction Meeting
On December 4, 2018 from 15.00-17.00 there will be a general introduction meeting in room SA49 at PDLC, in which the instructors will explain and discuss the general thesis seminar procedures and expectations and students can ask questions about the thesis seminars.
Thesis Seminar Political Legitimacy and Justice - Nieuwenburg (act. code: 7400)
In this thesis seminar students are supposed to finalize their draft proposals (which are the final papers of the preceding seminars on legitimacy and justice) into a full-blooded research proposal. This will be converted in master thesis. The students are free to pick a subject of their liking, as long as it addresses issues that belong to the relevant portion of political philosophy.
Specific Course Objectives
argumentative skills necessary for arguing a position in the field.
Total course load: 560 hours, of which
Contact hours: 30
Studying literature: 265 hours
Preparing for and writing final paper: 265 hours
The student is supposed to garner his or her own literature – which will be individually assessed.
Please note that for some seminars there will be no additional substantive readings than the ones discussed in the courses they build on.
Registration in uSis for one thesis seminar is possible from Monday 17 December 10.00 a.m. until 26 December 10.00 a.m. Placement is on a first come first served basis and subject to availability. Registration is open for students that started their Master in one of the Political Science specialisations, in September 2018. 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 thesis seminar is composed of a research proposal (first 8 weeks) and a thesis (remaining of the course). The research proposal ensures that the student is on the right track to carry out the research and write the thesis. It must be approved by both readers (see below), but is not awarded a grade. The grade of the thesis corresponds to 100% of the grade of the thesis seminar.
The research proposal includes a problem statement, theoretical foundation, conceptualization as well as a sound explanation of the methods and techniques for data collection and analysis.The proposal must be approved by the supervisor and a second reader. The second reader will be designated by the Director of Studies. Please note that teachers are not obliged to provide thesis supervision if the proposal is not approved. The research proposal is not graded, it receives only a pass/revise/fail evaluation.
The MSc thesis needs to comply with high standards of academic research. The formal requirements of the Master thesis are stated on the page ‘Thesis seminar information and deadlines’. The thesis evaluation form with the evaluation criteria will be published on Blackboard.
Students that drop or fail the course have to retake the complete thesis seminar (in the 2nd semester of the next academic year). Students should contact the Exam Committee if they are unable to complete the master thesis by the deadline due to circumstances beyond their control.