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Thesis Seminar Philosophy (Spring)


Admission requirements

Admission to the course is restricted to students in the MA Philosophy 60 EC and the MA Philosophy 120 (all specialisations) who are writing their thesis in the second semester of 2017-2018. The course is a compulsory part of writing the MA thesis.


The thesis seminar supports students in the process of writing their MA thesis by developing and honing advanced writing and research skills. The seminar has six two-hour meetings (every two weeks). Topics to be covered include finding a suitable subject for your thesis, designing the research question, designing the outline of your argument, finding literature, professional referencing, and how to avoid plagiarism.

Course objectives

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • independently find, study and evaluate relevant philosophical literature, intended for researchers in a specific field;

  • handle philosophical complexity and to formulate judgments based on information from diverse sources, even if this information is limited or incomplete;

  • make their own contribution to current discussions within the discipline of philosophy and within new and complex contexts related to philosophy;

  • write philosophical papers that show the potential to come close to the level of articles in refereed journals.


The timetable is available on the MA Philosophy website

  • MA Philosophy 60 EC

  • MA Philosophy 120 EC

Mode of instruction

  • Seminars

Class attendance is required.

Course load

Total course load: 12 hours

  • Attending seminars (6 weeks x 2 hrs): 12 hours

Assessment method

The thesis seminar is a compulsory part of writing the MA thesis (20 EC). Attendance, preparation and active participation are compulsory.


Blackboard will be used for texts, announcements, and discussion.

Reading list

Not applicable.


Enrolment for courses and exams through uSis is mandatory.

Students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetables for courses and exams.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. J.S. Pearson


Not applicable.