Full course description
The Bachelor Thesis is the final work of the Bachelor in European Studies and offers students the opportunity to explore their personal interests within the field of European Studies. In this 7,500-8,000 words research paper students should demonstrate that they are able to write a substantial individual paper that critically reflects on a topic of their own choice, while applying the knowledge and skills acquired in other European Studies courses and showing that they master the final qualifications of the programme. The writing of the Bachelor Thesis takes place during the sixth semester (periods 3/4/5), meaning that individual and independent work on the paper is scheduled parallel to the regular study programme. Instead of normal tutor meetings, students will meet with their supervisor and fellow students in smaller groups organised around specific themes. They will also receive written individual feedback on the work submitted on four preset deadlines. Three lectures, a Skills Café and a Bachelor Thesis Conference offer further support and additional opportunities for feedback.
At the end of this course students will be able to:
• Write a substantial individual research paper that critically reflects on a topic of their own choice and which applies the knowledge and skills acquired in other European Studies courses;
• Develop a sound conceptual/theoretical and methodological framework;
• Use this framework in an innovative way, either by looking at a topic from a different perspective, or by using original data;
• Build a balanced and convincing argument and communicate this to academic and non-academic audiences;
• Reflect on feedback and comments from their supervisor;
• Work independently and plan their time effectively.
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• Greetham, B. (2014). How to write your undergraduate dissertation. (2nd ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
• Wisker, G. (2019). The undergraduate research handbook. (2nd ed.). London: Red Globe Press