This class is only accessible for students of the MA African Studies.
During the first semester, the thesis classes will provide a focused environment for a first grounding in the specific methodological and interdisciplinary approach most relevant to the students’ expected thesis topic. The students will be guided through the process of designing a research project and preparing an MA thesis outline and their internship proposal. Seven classes will be offered. During the second semester, the students will be guided through the process of writing their Ma theses including the practical aspects of academic writing. Seven classes will be offered.
Designing a research project
Preparing an internship proposal • Understanding of research methods associated with a set of related disciplines • Academic writing • Oral and written presentation of work
Mode of instruction
Total 140 hrs (5 EC)
Seminar first semester 7 × 2 hours = 14 hrs
Seminar second semester 7 × 2 hours = 14 hrs
Compulsory readings = 86 hrs
Assigments = 26 hrs
20% Participation and oral presentation
Blackboard will be used for email, course materials and grades
Readings will be posted on Blackboard.
Registration through uSis
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
MA Thesis Seminar Meetings Calendar
7 September 11.00-13.00 – Introduction; tasks and deadlines; information on Internship by Leiden Internship coordinator (see http://www.hum.leiden.edu/careerservice/work-placements/ and http://www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/loopbaanservice/afrika_midden_oosten ) and on safety issues.
21 September – Meeting with lecturers and research groups. Presentation Internship proposal. Draft. Submission Internship proposal for getting funding is: 31 October 2016.
5 October – Students present Initial research proposal: (1 or 2) pages
20 October: Students present background readings and textbook chapters; discussion situation funding and Internship
2 November: Students present Research Proposal First draft: 7 pages including WORK PLAN and Internship form (to check that all the students contacted the Internship coordinator and worked on it).
16 November: Students present background readings and textbook chapters; discussion situation funding and Internship
30 November: Students present Research Proposal Final version: 10 pages