Faculteit der Cultuur- en Maatschappijwetenschappen
This skills course is focused on research design, with a specific focus on the development of an innovative research idea, the drafting of a systematic MSc thesis outline and the oral presentation and defense of a research project. One of the most common tasks of professional researchers and academic scholars is writing research proposals. Such documents present ideas about future research projects, their relevance and significance. Furthermore, they outline the steps the researcher (and the researcher’s team) will undertake in order to arrive at a certain level of understanding or explanation of a particular social phenomenon. Research proposals are the basis for evaluating of prospective research ideas, and crucially, for the granting of research funding. Thus the craft of presenting research intentions in a systematic and convincing manner is critically important, both in terms of written research proposals and oral presentations. Students will receive personal coaching by way of meetings with the RMES director of studies and potential thesis supervisors.
Doelstellingen van dit vak
• have the practical skills to draft and assess research proposals, particularly the thesis proposal;
• be able to discuss critically the potential and limitations of presented research designs in the context of the established research questions;
• be able to present an outline for the thesis proposal in a clear and convincing manner and being able to respond to critical questions and comments.