Bachelor thesis specialisation LAC
Full course description
The Bachelor Thesis is a major component of the AC/CW programme and invites you to reflect upon and conduct a more indepth analysis of topics, problems and/or approaches you have encountered during your studies and the specialization phase in particular. As the final academic project of the AC/CW bachelor program it enables students to convey and materialize their individual academic profile through a concrete academic product. Unlike any other courses in the AC/CW programme it offers you the opportunity to choose your own topic and work independently. As a matter of fact, this is one of the main differences between writing a normal paper and writing a Bachelor Thesis. Another difference concerns the length of the papers 8,000-10,000 words which is substantially longer than most papers you have been writing so far, or that you will still write during the remainder of your bachelor studies. During period 4 students prepare a proposal for their Bachelor Thesis and make a choice for a supervisor. The writing of the Bachelor Thesis takes place during period 5 and your topic should be related to the specialisation and the CW/AC curriculum. You should also apply the skills acquired in the courses Research and Writing 1 & 2 and the Research Tutorial in the third year.
The students show their ability:
- To systemize theoretical and practical knowledge acquired during the study and specialisation phase;
- To use their knowledge and insights (incl. methodological skills);
- To address theoretical and practical issues related to their specialisation;
- To work independently;
- To communicate their ideas and insights in writing to the reader;
- Of researching, summarizing and logical reflection on the reading materials.
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