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Seminar: Writing Research Proposal


Admission requirements

Compulsory for students enrolled in the RESMAAS program.


In the period the course is offered, students start to write their individual research proposals. In several meetings students bring in their draft proposal for discussion. Comments will be provided by the instructors as well as by fellow students. Attention will be given to the structuring of arguments and the development of research questions on the basis of debates on the current state of research.

Course objectives

The objective of the course is to assist students in:

  • setting-up their research project

  • critically engage in formulating research questions

  • theoretical and methodological considerations in different phases of the project.


Thursdays 11:00-13:00

Mode of instruction

Seminar form, with introductory lectures and student presentations and feedback.

Course Load

  • the course comprises 5 EC and the total course load is thus 140 hrs

  • 26 hrs of these will be spent on lectures, feedback in the successive presentation of parts of the proposal

  • 34 hrs to be spent on studying literature and compiling documents

  • 80 hrs for writing a final paper

Assessment method

Evaluation of weekly presentations and class participation (20%)
Evaluation of final research proposal (80%)


Available for registered students. Instructions, reads and assignments will be communicated via Blackboard. Student assignment papers and final proposal will also be placed in blackboard.

Reading list

The booktitles and / or syllabi to be used in the course, where it can be purchased and how this literature should be studied beforehand. Provided via Blackboard.


Enrollment through uSis for the course and the examination or paper is mandatory.


Azeb Amha
Academic Coordinator
P O Box 9555, 2300 RB Leiden, NL
Tel. +31-71-527-3364


Involves intensive and active participation of students by reading each other’s sections of proposals and providing feedback.