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Seminar: Writing Research Proposal


Admission requirements

Free and compulsory for students enrolled in the ResMA African Studies program.


In the period the course is offered students start to write their individual research proposals. In several meetings students bring in their draft proposal for discussion. Comments will be provided by the instructors as well as by fellow students. Attention will be given to the structuring of arguments and the development of research questions on the basis of debates on the current state of research.

Course objectives

The objective of the course is to assist students in setting-up their research project, to critically engage in formulating research questions and theoretical and methodological considerations in different phases of the project.


Schedule: Thursdays 10:00-13:00

Mode of instruction

Tutorial, Seminar

Assessment method

Evaluation of final revised proposal


Blackboard Available for registered students.

Reading list

Provided on the first meeting of class and posted on Blackboard


Students are requested to register for the course and the examination through uSis


For futher information and questions, contact:

Dr. Azeb Amha
Academic Coordinator
P O Box 9555, 2300 RB Leiden, NL
Tel. +31-71-527-3364