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Thesis reading & research seminar

Vak 2018-2019

Admission requirements

This course is only available for Korean Studies incoming BA3 students who obtained the propaedeutic diploma and successfully completed all courses of BA1 and BA2.

Preparation for the first day of class: by August 26, 2018, students must upload the first draft of their proposals, which include a research question, research methods, and chapter outline, and bibliographies comprised of at least forty academic works—books, book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles, etc.—relevant to their thesis topics. On the first day of class, students must bring two copies of their proposals and bibliographies

Description

This BA thesis reading and research seminar guides students through the development of their research topics and research methods. While students should have their own ideas about their thesis projects, the seminar helps them to refine their research questions, methods, and case studies for their BA theses. Students are assisted as they hone their academic research, reading, and writing skills as well as their critical thinking skills that have been fostered through exercises, assignments, and knowledge in previous BA1 and BA2 courses. Especially, this seminar examines what a thesis is, what good thesis research entails, how to choose case studies, how to write at one’s best level, and how to work efficiently. Students write a proposal, bibliography, and literature review while collecting and closely analyzing primary and secondary sources from their research fields. The course consists of mini-lectures, class discussions, group projects, individual supervisions, and presentations. Self-disciplined, cooperative, and collaborative learning is essential. Students must be active learners, participating in group projects and regularly reporting research and reading progress. Having successfully completed this seminar, students are well prepared for writing their theses in the following semester.

Course objectives

Students will prove themselves to be able to:
* • work with research methods and techniques that are current in Korean studies;
* • comprehend major academic debates and issues, and on the basis of them, formulate a well-defined research question and select appropriate research methods;
* explain research findings in a clear and well-argued way and in both oral and written forms;
* • report on their studies and research in good spoken and written English;
* • work and write under time-pressure, and deal with deadlines;
* • participate in class discussions and group projects in an active, prepared and informed way, respecting other people’s convictions and emotion.

Timetable

For more information see: Timetable

Mode of instruction

Seminar

Course Load

Total course load for the course: 5 EC = 140 Hours

Assessment method

Final grades will be determined by the following formula (subject to change upon notice):
* •Attendance--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------5%
* •Quiz + Research and Reading Progress Reports------------------------------------------25%
* •Group Project and Presentation-------------------------------------------------------------10%
* •Proposal + Bibliography---------------------------------------------------------------------10%
* •Literature Review-----------------------------------------------------------------------------50%

Debriefing exam: Students may make an individual appointment with the instructor after the announcement of the exam grades in order to view their exam.

Blackboard

Yes. Blackboard will be used for delivery of useful course materials that enhance students’ academic research, reading, and writing skills and submission of assignments.

Reading list

Charles Lipson, How to Write a BA Thesis: A Practical Guide from Your First Ideas to Your Finished Paper
W.C Booth, G.G. Colomb, J.W. Williams, The Craft of Research

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Contact

Dr. N. Han

Remarks

ATTENDENCE AND CLASS PARTICIPATION POLICIES
If students do not complete all research and reading progress reports, their literature reviews will not be graded, and they will fail this seminar.