Thesis Writing Workshop
Master of Arts in Political Science (2 years) Program - mandatory course for second year students
The objective of this seminar is to help preparing MA thesis and think through related issues of theory, research strategy, methodology, and write-up. Course participants present and discuss the newly written fieldwork/analysis chapters that they are to submit as part of their half thesis-length drafts. The in-class discussions are to focus on the choice and formulation of the research question and the methodology; their justification in terms of relevance, timeliness, and tractability; the clarity of theory; the translation of the research question into a manageable research agenda via hypotheses or other means; the suitablility of concept formation and measurement; the identification of appropriate research methods; the appropriateness of supporting arguments throughout the draft; the structure, quality and readability of figures, tables and text; and the clarity and implication of the findings.
- Ability to conceive, elaborate and defend a research plan
- Reason analytically, applying abstract models to complex empirical situations and engage with different intellectual traditions, subfields, research designs and methodologies in the social sciences
- Ability to design, implement and write up an original academic or applied research in a rigorous and consistent manner
- Ability for effective oral presentation of scholarly thoughts, developing listening and discussion skills
- Ability to harmonize the research plan with the empirical findings, to foresee the difficulties of empirical research, to integrate unexpected results