BA Dissertation Colloquium: International Relations (Spring 2014, Rauschenbach)

Instructor: Mascha Rauschenbach

Course description:

This colloquium aims at supporting bachelor students in conceptualizing and writing their final thesis.

Course Requirements:

  • 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

Office hours: Thursday, 15:30 to 17:00


Course Structure:

  • Introduction
  • Discussion of possible research questions & research designs
  • Finalizing research question
  • Discussion of progress & problems –  Theoretical Argument
  • Discussion of progress & Problems – Methodology and Case Selection
  • Discussion of progress & problems –  Causal Inference
  •  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 African Politics in general and in particular with regard to electoral politics, clientelism and other forms of distributive politics, ethnicity, democratization, foreign aid.

Important dates for the BA thesis:

Monday, 31 March 2014: registration for BA thesis

Monday, 12 May 2014: deadline for submission of BA thesis.