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Thesis Seminar Philosophy (Spring)


Admission requirements

Admission to the course is restricted to students enrolled in the MA Philosophy 60 EC and the MA Philosophy 120 EC (all specialisations) who are writing their thesis in the second semester of 2019-2020. The course is a compulsory part of writing the MA thesis.


The thesis seminar supports students in the process of writing their MA thesis by developing and honing advanced writing and research skills. The seminar has six two-hour meetings (see timeschedule). Topics to be covered include finding a suitable subject for your thesis, designing the research question, designing the outline of your argument, finding literature, professional referencing, and how to avoid plagiarism.

Course objectives

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • independently find, study and evaluate relevant philosophical literature, intended for researchers in a specific field;

  • handle philosophical complexity and to formulate judgments based on information from diverse sources, even if this information is limited or incomplete;

  • make their own contribution to current discussions within the discipline of philosophy and within new and complex contexts related to philosophy;

  • write philosophical papers that show the potential to come close to the level of articles in refereed journals.


The timetable is available on the following websites:

Please note
The Thesis Seminar has two groups: 101 and 102. Students enrolled in the specialisation Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy (MA Philosophy 60 EC) are requested to enroll in group 101. Students enrolled in one of the other specialisations of the MA Philosophy 60 EC or in the MA Philosophy 120 EC are requested to enroll in group 102. Some sessions are scheduled for both groups together, for other sessions the two groups will split up.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminars

Class attendance is required.

Course load

Total course load: 12 hours

  • Attending seminars (6 weeks x 2 hrs): 12 hours

Assessment method

The thesis seminar is a mandatory part of writing the MA thesis (20 EC). Attendance, preparation and active participation are required.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • texts

  • announcements

  • discussion

Reading list

Not applicable.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number, which can be found in the timetables for courses and exams.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


M.C. Vecino MA


Not applicable.