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120013 SE MEd 05: SE Thesis Seminar (2021W)

Literature / Cultural Studies

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work
Fr 08.10. 10:15-11:00 Digital


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 17 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Due to the ongoing public health situation, this course will be an online event.

Friday 15.10. 10:15 - 11:00 Digital
Friday 22.10. 10:15 - 11:00 Digital
Friday 29.10. 10:15 - 11:00 Digital
Friday 05.11. 10:15 - 11:00 Digital
Friday 12.11. 10:15 - 11:00 Digital
Friday 19.11. 10:15 - 11:00 Digital
Friday 26.11. 10:15 - 11:00 Digital
Friday 03.12. 10:15 - 11:00 Digital
Friday 10.12. 10:15 - 11:00 Digital
Friday 17.12. 10:15 - 11:00 Digital
Friday 07.01. 10:15 - 11:00 Digital
Friday 14.01. 10:15 - 11:00 Digital
Friday 21.01. 10:15 - 11:00 Digital
Friday 28.01. 10:15 - 11:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course addresses students towards the end of their career as undergrads, who are preparing for or already working on their MEd theses. It is meant to facilitate every phase of writing an MEd thesis, from research and planning to structuring, selecting, coming up with an overarching argument, backing it up with evidence - both from the object of analysis and from secondary literature - enriching the argument with reference to literary and/or cultural theory, of finding and propping up a position, of summarising, critiquing and improving upon other scholars' positions and of formulating a strong thesis, as well as teach time management, improve supervisor communication and teach (self-)motivational techniques. Some of these elements/skills/methods might already familiar from your earlier written work. They will, however, be revised and, where necessary, brushed up or improved upon. We will take on examples from the theses the course members are planning to write or actually working on and use these for exercise material. Participants will be expected to produce - for example - a first draft of their introduction or their thesis statement or a sample of a close reading taken from one of their theses' main chapters.
Obviously, the ultimate goal is to help you write the best possible MEd theses you are capable of producing. For this it is important to identify what each individual candidate might be struggling with, or secretly wishes to have mastered terms ago, or which skill s/he has known for a while now to be in urgent need of an update - now that it counts…

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance; active participation in class; active in peer-feedback loop; project presentation and written tasks

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance: 5%
Active participation: 30%
Project presentation: 30%
Written project outline: 25%
Writing exercises: 10%

Marks in %:
1 (very good): 90-100%
2 (good): 81-89%
3 (satisfactory): 71-80%
4 (pass): 60-70%
5 (fail): 0-59%

Examination topics

There will be no exam.

Reading list


Association in the course directory

Studium: MEd 046/507;
Code/Modul: M 05;
Lehrinhalt: 12-4850

Last modified: Tu 24.08.2021 12:47