Course ObjectiveThe student is able to:
● Find appropriate methodological literature for designing his/her
● Find appropriate literature related to the field of his/her research
● Narrow down the scope of his/her research project to a manageable and
sharp research question;
● Split the research question up into smaller manageable and sharp
● Describe the methodology that is appropriate to the research
● Justify this methodology in terms of the state of the art in his/her
● Communicate the background, research question and setup of his/her
research project in a research proposal in English and according to the
standards of the Dutch Research Council (NWO).
Course ContentThis first Research Design module offers a context in which
the students prepare for their master thesis and a possible doctoral
dissertation by developing an academic research proposal. Staff members
and PhD students will be asked to share their experience with us and
give short presentations on methodology.
Teaching MethodsThis first Research Design module offers a context in which the students
for their master thesis and a possible doctoral dissertation by first of
all deciding what research topic suits his/her academic interests the
best, and then, in the second module, by developing an academic research
proposal. Staff members and PhD students will be asked to share their
experience with us and give short
presentations on methodology.
Method of AssessmentDuring the first research design course, students will have meetings led
by a mentor, with contributions from other staff members. These seminars
aim, in the first place, to coach students during the process of
designing their own research project. Students will present their
proposals in class and will give feedback on each other’s work there and
on Canvas. The thesis supervisor and mentor will be involved in this
process, but feedback of fellow students will be crucial as well. y
making use of peer review assignments (a carousel) you are not only
trained in improving your research skills with view to your own topic,
but also trained by giving feedback to your peers. This makes the
process of academic integrity, methodology and proposal writing more fun
and profound.For this purpose you will make use of course documents and
Discussions on Canvas.
Students hand in a very first plan for their thesis research by the end
of the course and submit the full form of the proposal for their
Master’s Thesis (the term will be agreed upon). Due to the fact that
students need to contribute to each other’s proposal, class attendance
and contribution to the discussions on Canvas are obligatory. The grade
is based on the full proposal (60%), a short presentation (10%), and
contributions to the discussions in class and on Canvas (30%).
Target AudienceResearch Master's students in Theology and Religious Studies. Not open
for other students.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Religion and Theology|
|Course Coordinator||dr. E.V. Tolstoj|
|Examiner||dr. E.V. Tolstoj|
dr. E.V. Tolstoj
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