MA Thesis Prospectus Writing Seminar

Course Description: 

This one-week workshop links the Prospectus Writing Seminar with the Thesis Planning Seminar. It opens with an introduction of the course participants and continues with a discussion of the prospectus guidelines. Exemplary prospectuses will be discussed critically. Students will pre-circulate a draft of their thesis prospectus (deadline: 27 April 2017). The draft will be discussed in group work sessions and during individual presentations.

Learning Outcomes: 

The course is designed to create awareness in students of what it implies to embark on graduate research, and indeed to assist them in starting to construct their own research projects. By the end of the term they are expected to have conceived an outline of their thesis proposals, including a clearly defined thesis topic, together with an idea of its academic relevance and future contribution, the methodology to be applied, and especially the range of sources to explore, an activity which will start in the immediately ensuing research break. As a natural continuation of this course, the spring thesis workshops will focus on the presentation of the sources that students will have collected, pursuing their own outlines, during the research break.


Each student should prepare a draft prospectus to be submitted before the start of the workshop. The prospectus should reflect on the relevance of the research topic, the methodological approaches, and the potential source material. The prospectuses will be discussed in class. All members of the class are expected to have read the prospectuses of other students.