Full course description
The Bachelor Thesis is a major component of the Arts and Culture programme and invites you to reflect upon and conduct a more in-depth analysis of topics, problems and/or approaches you have encountered during your studies and the graduation 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. It oﬀers you the opportunity to choose your own topic and work independently, on a research paper of 8,000-10,000 words, which is substantially longer than most papers you have been writing so far. During period 4 students prepare a proposal for their Bachelor Thesis in the four-week course Writing a Thesis Proposal. The writing of the Bachelor Thesis takes place during period 5 and your topic should be related to the AC curriculum. You should also apply the skills acquired in the courses Research and Writing 1 & 2 and Doing Research in Arts and Culture.
The students show their ability:
- To systematize theoretical and practical knowledge acquired during the study;
- 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;
- To research, summarize and logically reflect on the reading materials.
ACU1900 & 2900 Research and Writing 1 and 2, ACU3014 Doing Research in Arts and Culture
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