History,Thesis 15 credits

Historia, uppsats
First cycle, H0043N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Bo Jonsson, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 14 Feb 2014

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 14 Feb 2020

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Main field of study

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Academic courses in history equivalent to 60 credits. The following courses should be included in this and be completed entirely with at least a pass grade: Source criticism and Historical narrative (H0040N) or equivalent.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
The overall aim of the course is for the student to develop skills in scientific writing. Each student writes and defends a scientific thesis in history that develops his/her abilities to:  
•    Identify and define a relevant historical problem to be dealt with in a scientific thesis that, in turn, requires the ability to:
•    Assimilate scientific studies and assess their relevance to the topic of the thesis
•    Collect relevant empirical material
•    Design and apply an appropriate analytical framework to answer the research questions
•    Convey clear and coherent arguments, both orally and in writing
•    Defend the thesis and critically examine other students’ thesis’ based on requirements for good scientific presentation

Research question, theory, scientific method, source materials, etc shall be formulated by the student in written pm’s. These pm´s will be examined and discussed with supervisor and with fellow students at seminars. Each thesis is written by one student and will be defended at a final seminar where the author also will act as an opponent on other student’s thesis’.

The teaching is given in the form of seminars and supervision. The supervision is given both individually and in groups. The seminars include p.m.’s and completed theses.

To pass the course it is required that the student writes a scientific thesis and participates actively in discussions during seminars, in which the student act as both author and opponent. At the seminars, written and oral presentation skills are examined, as well as the ability to critically review the merits and shortcomings of scientific work. The ability to defend and discuss chosen choices and results are also examined.

For the grade Passed, the student must:
•    design an interesting and for history relevant research problem
•    motivate essential choices (delimitations, method, etc.)
•    answered the purpose and questions,
•    and bring a coherent, convincing and well-founded line of argument.
•    In addition, the student must demonstrate the ability to apply scientific studies and assess their relevance to their own subject.

For the grade Pass with distinction (in addition to Pass) the student must:
•    design an individual and origional scientific problem
•    exhibit awareness about scientific theoretic and ability to relate to theoretical perspectives;
•    exhibit high methodological awareness,
•    and ability to draw own critical and reflective conclusions in relation to theories and previous scientific studies.
•    In addition, the student must demonstrate the ability to express oneself in a scientific and correct linguistic manner.

To pass the course requires an approved thesis, approved opposition assignments and active seminar participation, as well as e-publishing of the thesis in accordance with the rules of LTU. It also requires that the thesis is completed no later than 12 calendar months after the course formally has ended. The student can however only utilize further supervision 6 calendar months after the course formally has ended.

Students must register for the courses themselves or contact ETS educational administration not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Some parts of the course realization may be in English.

The thesis may be written in English.

Dag Avango

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2018 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
To be decided in consultation with tutor.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0005SeminarsU G#2.00MandatoryA16
0006EssayU G VG *13.00MandatoryA16Yes

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.