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Research Seminar Modern History

Course
2019-2020

Admission requirements

Be registered as a student of the (Research) Master’s in Latin America Studies or another master program or of another Dutch university master programme. This course is open to students who have a good command of the Spanish language, or students with a passive command of the Spanish but a good command of Portuguese.

Description

This course is an intensive preparation to the designing, carrying out and reporting of a scientific social research. The course covers the specific context for research in Latin America and the choice and delimitation of a subject for scientific analysis. The emphasis is on the theoretical underpinning and formulating of a problem statement, research questions and hypotheses. During the seminars a research question is formulated and writing techniques for the editing of the MA-thesis are put into practice. The guidance focuses on the preparing of a MA-thesis.
The transferable skills in this courses are: analytical thinking (analytical skills, abstraction, evidence); project management (planning, demarcation, results orientation); responsibility (ownership, self discipline, responsible attitude concerning own project, recognize errors); commitment (dedication, motivation, proactive attitude, ouwn initiative); self-regulation (independence, view on own goals, motives and abilities); written communication (writing skills, reporting, structure, summarizing); critical thinking (ask questions, check assumptions); integrity (honesty, morality, ethical action, personal values); intercultural skills (communication with different cultures).

Course objectives

At the end of the program, students will be able to:
1. Identify the characteristics of Latin America as a study area.
2. Learn about the different research methods and techniques in the social sciences.
3 Conceive a research proposal based on a theoretical framework.
4. Learn the techniques and criteria for the drafting of a MA-thesis
5. Develop the methodological design of a MA-thesis.

Timetable

Timetable

Mode of instruction

This course consists of lectures (50%) and seminars (50%). During the seminars, students will prepare a research proposal based on individual literature review and specific methodological drafts.

Course Load

10 EC = 280 hours in total.

  • Lectures: 14 hours

  • Practical work: 14 hours

  • Preparation tutorials: 56 hours

  • Tutoring: 20 hours

  • Study of compulsory literature: 70 hours

  • Assignment(s): 20 hours

  • Preparation exam: 40 hours

  • Exam(s): 46 hours

Assessment method

Assessment

The assessment consists of three parts:
A. Executive summary: a first version of a research proposal (1-2 pages). The aspects which are evaluated are: (a) coherence and clarity in writing (b) quality of the argumentation (c) use of academic language (d) appropriate demarcation and exploration of the research topic (e) summarize skills (f) relevance of the chosen subject (g) suitability of the key concepts (h) structure and lay-out of the text

B. Draft of a research proposal (3-4 pages). The aspects which are evaluated are: (a) appropriate demarcation and exploration of the research topic (b) coherence and clarity in writing (c) quality of the argumentation (d) use of academic language (e) summarize skills (f) logical relationship between the different components of the project (g) quality of the collected bibliographical resources (h) correct use of the APA system

C. A research project (8-9 pages)
The aspects which are evaluated are: (a) appropriate demarcation and exploration of the research topic (b) coherence and clarity in writing (c) quality of the argumentation (d) use of academic language (e) summarize skills (f) logical relationship between the different components of the project (g) quality of the collected bibliographical resources (h) correct use of the APA system (i) accuracy and feasibility of the chosen methodology (j) adequacy of the resource map

The lecturers of Public Polities will be available in three moments to give individual advice about the research proposal.
During the course, students will read a weekly average of 50 pages of the relevant literature. This material will form the basis of the individual research proposal.

Weighing

A. Executive summary: 10% of the final mark.
B. Draft of a research proposal: 30% of the final mark.
C. Research project: 60% of the final mark.

Resit

Resit exam takes place if the mark of the final project is less than 6.0. Resit consists of a new improved version of the final project within a limited time.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for:

  • the programme of the course

  • study materials (literature and PowerPoint presentation of each session),

  • methodological indications and instructions

  • specific information about each college

  • forms of the written reports and the research proposal.

Reading list

Compulsory literature

  • ISLA MONSALVE, P. (2017). Procrastinadores en acción. Guía metodológica para el diseño, realización y reporte de una investigación de tesis universitaria. Raamsdonksveer: Solfers BV.

  • HERNÁNDEZ SAMPIERI, R.; FERNÁNDEZ-COLLADO, C. & BAPTISTA LUCIO, P. (2006). Metodología de la investigación. México (D.F.): McGraw-Hill Interamericana, 4ª edición.

Complementary literature

  • BAARDA, B.; BAKKER, E.; FISCHER, T.; JULSING, M.; DE GOEDE, M.; PETERS, V. & VAN DER VELDEN, T. (2013). Basis kwalitatief onderzoek. Handleiding voor het opzetten en uitvoeren van kwalitatief onderzoek. Groningen/Houten: Noordhoff Uitgevers, 3e. druk.

  • CÁCERES, P. (2003). ‘Análisis cualitativo de contenido, una alternativa metodológica alcanzable’, Psicoperspectivas, Vol. II, 53-82.

  • DE SOUZA MINAYO, M.C.; FERREIRA DESLANDES, S. & GOMES, R. (2012). Investigación social. Teoría, método y creatividad. Buenos Aires: Lugar Editorial, 2ª edición.

  • ESCOBAR, J. & BONILLA-JIMÉNEZ, F.I. (2009). ‘Grupos focales: una guía conceptual y metodológica’, Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos de Psicología, Vol. 9, No. 1, 51-67,
    URL:http://www.uelbosque.edu.co/sites/default/files/publicaciones/revistas/cuadernos_hispanoamericanos_psicologia/volumen9_numero1/articulo_5.pdf

  • PADMOS, BRAM (2012). De scriptiesupporter. Een doeltreffende aanpak van je scriptie. Antwerpen-Apeldoorn: Garant, 11e druk.

  • SCRIBANO, A.O. (2008). El proceso de investigación social cualitativo. Buenos Aires: Prometeo Libros.

  • TAYLOR, S.J. & BOGDAN R. (1994). Introducción a los métodos cualitativos de investigación. La búsqueda de significados, ‘Capítulo 3. La observación participante en el campo’ (pp. 50-99). Buenos Aires: Editorial Paidós Básica, 2ª reimpresión.

  • TAYLOR, S.J. & BOGDAN R. (1994). Introducción a los métodos cualitativos de investigación. La búsqueda de significados, ‘Capítulo 4. La entrevista en profundidad’ (pp. 100-132). Buenos Aires: Editorial Paidós Básica, 2ª reimpresión.

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Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

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Contact

For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:
Mr. Dr. P.A. Isla Monsalve

Coordinator of Studies: E.M. Jonk

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats

Remarks

Attendance to the classes is compulsory. The student is allowed to miss a maximum of two sessions. In the case of more absences, the lecturer may decide to impose supplementary assignments on the student.