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Thesis Seminar (February Intake)


Admission requirements

Only students who are admitted to the master’s programme Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology can take part in this course.


This is the course description for students starting in February. The course description for students starting in September is slightly different. Students of the specialisations the and Sociology of Policy in Practice wil work together in one working group.

This course aims to establish the analytical connection between, on the one hand, the fieldwork experiences and data collected during fieldwork, and, on the other hand, the theories and epistemologies discussed in the first part of the Master's programme. The focus will be on the level of analysis, the units of analysis, and the process of constructing a written academic argument.

This course aims to reflect on the theories and epistemologies discussed in the first part of the master programme, but in relation to the fieldwork experience as well as the fieldwork data collected in the second part of the programme. Attention will also be paid to issues related to level of analysis and units of analysis


September and October. See the schedule for details.

Mode of instruction

5 EC = 140 study hours (sbu):

  • 7 workshops of 2-3 hours = 20 sbu

  • 7 assignments (2 pp. each) = 120 sbu

Assessment method

All assignments will be graded. These grades count proportionally towards the final grade for the course (80% of the final grade). Participation is class counts for 20% of the final grade. Presence is obligatory for all classes, from the start of the course.


Students are required to register for this course on Blackboard but do not need to register on uSis.
(Registration for the exam is not required since there is no classical examination.)


Blackboard will be used to make information and assignments available. Blackboard module for this course will be available for registration by the end of August.

Reading list

There is no separate reading list for this course. Students use the literature they need for writing of their Master Thesis Project and fieldwork/internship reports.

Contact information

Dr. Erik de Maaker