Course ObjectiveIn the Master's Thesis the student can demonstrate his/her ability to
undertake independent academic research, and is able to produce a
research-based thesis that shows intellectual rigor and proficiency in
the field of one of the selected specialization tracks.
Course ContentThe Master Thesis is an original individual piece of political science
research with which the student concludes the Master program. The Thesis
is to address a political science topic of the student's choice and is
developed with supervision on an individual or small group tutorial
basis. Normally, the thesis includes (at least) a thorough review of
relevant literature, an explicit theoretical framework, a well-justified
research design, an analysis of the findings, and a conclusion. Maximum
length of the thesis is 15,000 words.
Teaching MethodsTutorial and individual supervision
Method of AssessmentMaster's Thesis
Entry RequirementsOnly after passing the subjects of period 1 and active participation in
the subjects of period 2.
Target AudienceStudents in the Master Political Science
Additional Information- Students who have not passed the courses of period 1 and 2 will be
allowed conditionally to receive supervision if they have fully
participated in those courses but have not yet received passing grades.
- All theses that are passed will be made publicly available through the
VU University Library. In cases where there are grounds to keep the
thesis confidential, a request to that effect has to be made procedure
to the Examination Board at the start of the thesis (See the relevant
provisions in the FSW Master’s Thesis Regulations).
|Period||Ac. Year (sept)|
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. W.M. Wagner|
|Examiner||prof. dr. W.M. Wagner|
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|Teaching Methods||Study Group, Lecture, Practical|