The objective of this module is to prepare the students for the writing of the master thesis by enabling them to define and delimit a potential topic and problem field within the subject area of the study program. In addition, the aim is to enable the students to identify and collect relevant data and literature within this problem field.
Students are introduced to the requirements for master thesis writing. Students are expected to identify a potential problem area for their thesis, collect relevant literature related to this area of study and outline key perspectives within that field. The problem area and the relevant literature must be outlined in a synopsis.
Key empirical aspects of the selected problem area
Central academic debates in relation to the chosen topic/problem area
Fundamental components of the master thesis and requirements for the thesis proposal
Can identify a relevant problem area within the field of international relations and argue for the relevance of the chosen problem
Ability to find relevant academic literature on the chosen topic
Can summarize the major academic debates regarding the selected subject area.
Can select relevant theories and methods in relation to the chosen problem area and argue for this choice.
Can delimit a research area and outline a research project
Can work independently with academic literature search
Can apply and explain academic and PBL principles to create a project design, which can form the basis for the MA thesis.
Online seminars and cluster supervision. The students will be expected to identify a problem field within International Relations and work independently with data collection and literature review within the chosen problem area.
|Name of exam||Thesis Preparation|
|Type of exam|
Written examThe examination for Thesis Preparation is an internally assessed individual or group-based written exam in the form of a synopsis including a literature review. Maximum length 6 standard pages for one person + one additional page per person in the group.
|Type of grading||Internal examination|
|Criteria of assessment||The criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures|
|Danish title||Thesis Preparation|
|Language of instruction||English|
|Location of the lecture||Campus Aalborg|
|Responsible for the module|
|Study Board||Study Board of International Affairs|
|Department||Department of Politics and Society|
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities|