Be able to:
- Formulate a sharp research question, and a consistent set of sub-questions from a careful study of the academic literature;
- Critically assess and comment on academic texts, within the context of a societally relevant problem;
- Explain why the research question is relevant in terms of (a) contribution to scientific insights and (b) relevance for a societal problem;
- Systematically describe the relevant theories in the broad spectrum of the social sciences to answer the research question;
- Develop a research design that is consistently derived from the research questions and hypotheses;
- Conduct a concise empirical or analytical study aimed at answering the research question, applying the standard and, if applicable, the more advanced research methods as taught in the curriculum;
- Draw consistent conclusions from the research findings, and provide a discussion of these findings based on a reflection on the research process;
- Report the findings in a consistent and verifiable manner;
- Generate a list of the literature consulted;
- Orally present the thesis to a non-scientific audience.
This module consists of two module parts.|
The second element of module MS&T 12 is the second stage of the bachelor circle project. Students build upon the research problem, design, and theoretical expectations that were developed in module 11. Under close supervision of the bachelor circle thesis supervisor students: (1) gather and analyse the relevant literature, empirical data and documents for their research, according to the research design; (2) write their bachelor thesis; (3) provide other students with feedback on their thesis work; (4) present their thesis work at a student end conference in week 10 of the module.