Writing a Research Proposal
Full course description
This seminar, running for the last four weeks of period 4, prepares you for writing your bachelor thesis within the BA Arts and Culture. It assists you in the step-by-step development of a research proposal for your BA thesis, and allows you to acquire additional training in the formal and practical aspects of the bachelor thesis. Meetings will take place within the thesis theme groups, where you will work with your thesis supervisor on a series of preparatory assignments and draft proposals. The work on these assignments takes you through the necessary preliminary steps for drafting a research proposal, such as narrowing down your thesis theme to a topic suitable for an individual project, formulating a precise research question, and articulating the academic relevance of your research question by relating it to ongoing scholarly discussions in the research field in which your topic is embedded. In addition, the thesis theme groups will help you in the selection of an appropriate theoretical framework and method(s), and get you started on selecting primary sources and compiling a bibliography for your research topic. Finally, you will continue your training in providing, receiving and processing feedback on draft proposals. All of this will be integrated in a final BA thesis proposal.
The seminar will be concluded and assessed on the basis of an elaborated research plan and design for the bachelor thesis.
At the end of this course you will have:
- learned what are the constitutive elements of a thesis proposal.
- acquired insight into what counts as an appropriate research topic and question for a BA AC thesis learned how to achieve close coherence between research question, data or sources, theoretical ramework and methods, and the literature review.
- increased your skills in giving, receiving and processing feedback.
Research and Writing 1 & 2 and ACU3014 Doing Research in Arts and Culture.
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