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Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module comprises participation in select research seminars or conferences, one on one work with a faculty researcher in their field of expertise (or both) and an individual research paper.

Learning objectives


The student must attain

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • a defined research area pertaining to International Studies

  • state-of-the-art knowledge of the area as it is presented at relevant academic contexts (conferences, seminars, lectures, etc.)

  • one or more specific and defined research-relevant problems within the above-mentioned area

  • scholarly conventions within disciplines relevant to International Studies.


The student must attain

Skills in:

  • generating an overview of a defined research area based on relevant literature

  • identifying research ideas and/or problems pertaining to the chosen area

  • producing an academic argument as part of a scholarly discussion

  • articulating research results in a clear, well-structured, and communicatively adequate form that corresponds to genre conventions within scholarly work

  • applying relevant IT tools in the research process.


The student must attain

Competencies in:

  • planning and completing an independent research process from research idea to written presentation of results

  • continuing research-oriented education and learning at MA level.



Name of examResearch Topic Study
Type of exam
Written exam
Based on an agreement with the supervisor, the student will either participate in a number of relevant research seminars or conferences or work closely with a faculty member engaged in specific research for the purpose of working closely with that research. On this basis, the student will produce an individual research paper within their chosen area, which must be approved by the supervisor.The research paper must not exceed 12 pages. The paper may be presented as part of an open seminar.
The paper will be assessed by the examiner.
Any re-examinations will be held in accordance with the above guidelines on the basis of a revised assignment paper.
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleResearch Topic Study (elective module cf. section 37)
Module codeBALISE201834
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerBachelor of Arts (BA) in Language and International Studies, English
Study BoardStudy Board of International and Cross‐Cultural Studies
DepartmentDepartment of Culture and Learning
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities