This seminar is building up on the guidance provided by the academic writing center and the different courses related to research methods and research design that students took during the fall and the winter term. More specifically, the seminar’s focus is twofold: on the one hand, we'll be working on sharpening your research question, the formulation of a convincing argument/thesis, and the development of a viable research strategy. On the other hand, we’ll dissect the different sections of a thesis and discuss various styles, structures, and `do’s and don’ts' (particular attention will be paid to the introductory chapter, the literature review and the writing up/discussion of the results).

Participation in the seminar is mandatory for one-year MAPP students and MPA Students writing a thesis. The material shared during the seminar, the group and individual exercises as well as the discussions should help you to quickly shift your focus – away from course work to your thesis.

In order to make the most out of this course, you’ll be working with material from your own thesis (the proposal, first attempts of a literature review, etc) throughout this course.