Political Science D II, Degree Project 15 Credits

Examensarbete statsvetenskap, magister
Second cycle, S7001N
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2014 Sp 4 - Present
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Syllabus established
by 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Bo Jonsson, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 17 Jan 2014

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
Political Science
Subject group (SCB)
Political Science

Entry requirements

Political Science A (basic course), advanced courses B and C, and reading courses at the D level amounting to 15 credits.

More information about English language requirements


Selection C

Course Aim
The student is to write and defend a thesis requiring the ability to independently choose and justify a relevant problem, purpose, scope, theory, method and material, as well as to analyse and draw conclusions based on these choices, composing a major thesis. Compared to the C level thesis, the D level work is anticipated to be more sophisticated in terms of problematization and application of theoretical frameworks. Ideas that are put forward should be presented in a thorough manner.

Every student writes and defends a thesis. Choice of topic, purpose, theory, method and material is presented in a written memorandum that is discussed at a seminar. Every student acts as discussant on another student’s memorandum and thesis.

Teaching consists of tutoring and seminars training the student’s ability to independently formulate an interesting problem, as well as the ability to justify choice of scope, theory, method, material, etc. Ability to explore and analyse a scientific problem is of utmost importance, as well as presenting the results, primarily in writing, but also orally.

To pass the course the student shall participate in compulsory meetings and seminars, including one seminar for presentation and defense and one as opponent. Further participation in compulsory meetings and seminars as decided by the supervisor. To pass the course further requires e-publishing of the thesis in accordance with the rules of LTU and that the thesis is completed no later than 12 calendar months after the course has formally ended. The student can however only utilize further supervision 6 calendar months after the course has formally ended.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration,not later than five 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.

Carina Lundmark

Transition terms
The course S7001N is equal to IES322

Literature. Valid from Spring 2014 Sp 4 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Sanne, Marika (2000) Skrivråd för statsvetare. Lund:Studentlitteratur.
Ekengren, A-M. & Hinnfors, J. (2012) Uppsatshandbok. Hur du lyckas med din uppsats. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Additional literature is determined in consultation with tutor.

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

0002Seminars1.5U G VG
0003Degree project13.5U G VG

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.

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