Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 202000254
Course infoSchedule
Course module202000254
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. A. Weber
dr. J.S. Hermann
dr. J.S. Hermann
Contactperson for the course
dr. A. Weber
dr. A. Weber
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
This course is open only to students enrolled in the Master PSTS.

This course connects to the final qualifications K 1-6, S1-10 of the programme, according to the following learning objectives:
At the end of the course the student is able to conduct his/her own project within a profile of PSTS, which has to result in a thesis proposal.
At the end of the course the student has knowledge of or insight in a broader framework in which he/she can localise his/her thesis.
At the end of the course the student is able to: communicate his/her research steps and results to colleagues, to reflect on the appropriateness of chosen research steps, possible alternatives, and change course, if necessary• provide appropriate feedback to colleagues, and to link his/her thesis work to application areas within or outside academia.
The main goal of the course is to guide and coach students in their research activities, first by assisting them in writing a research proposal (particularly in the 1st semester). During the 2nd semester students will be offered  an infrastructure for (peer) coaching and training in connection to their graduation projects The course starts with seminars / workshops dedicated at particular topics related to research skills and supporting the search for a topic, and continues (in semester 2) with seminars where draft proposals are presented and discussed.

Teaching methods
Seminar setting: The emphasis in the first semester is on the second quarter. In the first quarter, general themes regarding doing research will be discussed; the second quarter systematically works toward writing a thesis proposal. Attendance is obligatory!

Examination and assessment

The grade for this course is either a pass or a fail, and is based on:
1.      class participation and periodic assignments
2.      working on and completion of the thesis proposal (evaluated by the thesis supervisor in consultation with the course instructors)
The following dimensions will be considered:
1.      Participation:
•       completion of all preparatory assignments and readings
•       active participation during class sessions.
2.      Thesis proposal:
•       development of research question (and sub-questions)
•       refinement of method and/or approach
•       statement of thesis' relevance and/or significance
•       embedding in literature (indicated by background reading and bibliography)
Each of these 2 dimensions need to be sufficient in order to pass the course

Students who cannot attend the regular sessions in the 2nd semester (e.g. because of doing an internship abroad) have to:
  1.  apply at the MasterLab-teachers for being exempted from being present at the 2nd semester sessions;
  2.  do an alternative assignment
  3. i.e., submit twice a written progress report on their internship and/or final project research (at the end of quartile 2A, and at the end of quartile 2B
Assumed previous knowledge
Required: minimum 50 ECs PSTS year #1 courses completed, including at least 202000252 TechnoLab and 202000253 PhiloLab
Participating study
Master Philosophy of Science, Technology and Soc.
Required materials
Recommended materials
Academic articles and cases (provided on Canvas), student presentations.
Instructional modes
Self study with assistance
Presence dutyYes


Research Proposal / Presentations

Kies de Nederlandse taal