Bachelor's Thesis


Course Objective

(a) Academic learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the student is able to :
- The student is able to collect, read, understand, analyze and reflect
on legal texts as well as academic publication from the social sciences.
- Given a research question make a substantiated choice for a legal or
social scientific approach.
- Conduct a small scale supervised research project (formulate research
questions, collect relevant quantitative and/or qualitative data, and
apply legal or social scientific methods and techniques in a way
appropriate to the context) and derive sound conclusions.

(b) Social and communication learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student has gained experience with:
- Collaboration in a diverse team on the conduction and presentation of
an empirical study.
- Presenting verbally, in written form and by means of a scientific
research poster a research design and findings of a study.

(c) Study skills and professional orientation
Upon completion of the course, the student has proved to be able to :
- apply the gained learning and study skills on a new topic of study in
an autonomous way.

Course Content

In this course students have to demonstrate that they are able to study
issues of societal relevance from both legal and social scientifically
perspective. They must be proficient in legal analysis, and they must be
able to design and conduct a small-scale empirical study.
Students work in small groups of approximately five students. The topic
of the study is designated by the thesis supervisors, all of whom are
experienced researchers in their own right. The topic may therefore be
drawn from a research project currently being conducted within the
faculty. The group will formulate research questions and terms of
reference, and will work jointly to gather the empirical data. Data
collection may rely on interviews, observation, surveys (based on
self-designed questionnaires) or other methods of gathering quantitative
and/or qualitative empirical data appropriate to this level.
Students will then collect literature and other sources independently,
write a legal opinion and analyse the empirical data collected during
the joint process. These activities are reported in the individual
Bachelor’s thesis, which also presents a discussion of the student’s
conclusions. The thesis production process has a number of interim
deadlines, including that for the submission of a thesis plan. After
each deadline, the supervisor provides written and verbal feedback on
the work submitted.
At the end of the course, each group is also expected to give a poster
presentation during a symposium which marks the end of the group stage.

Teaching Methods

Meetings with supervisor

Method of Assessment

Individual bachelor thesis
Group assignment: scientific poster

General Information

Course Code R_ThLis
Credits 12 EC
Period P5+6
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator prof. dr. J.M. Harte
Examiner prof. dr. J.M. Harte
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You cannot register for this course yourself; your faculty's education office carries out registration