BA Dissertation Colloquium: International Relations (Rauschenbach, Spring 2015)

Instructor: Mascha Rauschenbach

Description:

This colloquium aims at supporting bachelor students in conceptualizing and writing their final thesis. To ensure students are in the best possible position to start their research at the time of registration, students considering participating in this colloquium need to submit a short (1-3 pages) outline of their possible research question and research strategy, before the start of the colloquium. Potential dissertation topics include African Politics in general and in particular with regard to electoral politics, clientelism and other forms of redistributive politics, ethnicity, democratization, foreign aid, conflict and development.

Course Requirements:

  • Students are required to write a 1-3 page outline of their possible research question and research strategy before the start of the colloquium
  • Students will write a literature review to help them identify a relevant research question
  • Students will present their research design and discuss other students’ research designs
  • Students will do some reading on methodological issues to discuss research design in class
  • Students will regularly have the opportunity to present their progress and discuss next steps in class

Recommended for:

BA students of political science, final module

Registration:

Online via Student Portal

Office hours:

Wednesday, 13:30–15:00
Parkring 47, Room 114

Important dates for the BA thesis:

Monday, 31 March 2014: Registration for BA thesis
Monday, 12 May 2014: Deadline for submission of BA thesis

Dates and times:

12 March: Introduction
19 March: Finalizing research question
9 April: Discussion of progress & problems: Theoretical arguments
30 April: Discussion of progress & problems: Methodology and case selection
7 May: Final discussion

Important information:

To ensure students are in the best possible position to start their research at the time of registration, students considering participating in this colloquium need to submit a short (1-3 pages) outline of their possible research question and research strategy by 1 March. Potential dissertation topics include repression, human rights, civil war, foreign aid, and post-conflict research.