Research and Writing Skills
This skills training module aims to prepare students for their final thesis through the writing of a research proposal. During the first two weeks of this course, students will participate in skills training sessions (lectures and tutorials, using peer-review exercises) in which they formulate and reformulate the research questions that they are planning to use for their MA theses. They will then link these questions to appropriate methods and theories. Simultaneously and in connection with the course, students will work on a draft version of their research proposal. In week 3, students participate in a larger peer-review workshop in which they critically evaluate each other’s research proposals. At the end of the module, students submit their final research proposal for the MA thesis. Each research proposal will be assessed by the respective thesis supervisor with a pass or fail.
Doelstellingen van dit vak
At the end of the course you are able to:
- approach and plan an independent MA level research project;
- formulate a research question that fits with the aims and scopes of a MA thesis and connect this research question to appropriate methods and theories from the MA Arts and Heritage modules;
- structure a research proposal according to established academic conventions;
- critically evaluate the research choices and strategies of your peers.
There are no pre-requisites for this module.
Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., & Williams, J. M. (2003). The Craft of Research. Chicago [etc.]: University of Chicago Press.