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150093 SE Research Seminar and Monitoring Class for the Master's and PhD Thesis (2018W)

10.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 15 - Ostasienwissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

First class on October 2. No class on October 9. For further information on the class schedule, see Moodle.

Tuesday 02.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 09.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 16.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 23.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 30.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 06.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 13.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 20.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 27.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 04.12. 12:15 - 13:45 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 11.12. 12:15 - 13:45 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 08.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 15.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 22.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 29.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The seminar is an important step in guiding the preparation of an MA or PhD thesis in East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS). It should thus only be attended in the third or fourth semester of the MA program, or at the beginning of the PhD program.
In the first part of the seminar, we will have an intense discussion of principal matters regard-ing the writing of academic papers and theses. This will not be new to you and thus has the function of a structured recapitulation of existing knowledge. Most importantly, we will re-peat the key features of a State of the Art/Literature Review.
In the second part, we will apply these skills and approaches by discussing and grading previ-ously written EcoS MA theses. Simultaneously, we will discuss the participants’ own research projects.
In the third part, students will prepare and present a first State of the Art on their own topics. The seminar thus leads right into the preparation of the actual thesis.

Assessment and permitted materials

Turabian essay: In the first part, students will be asked to read the first chapters of a book on academic writing, a total of about 140 pages. After this, students will write an essay (2,500 words) in which they discuss the contents of what they have read in relation to their own work and research projects. Please note that this will not be a summary, but rather a critical discussion. The essay must be submitted electronically 24 hours before class.
MA thesis grading exercise: In the second part, students will read and evaluate four actual MA theses that have been written as part of the EcoS program. Each thesis has to be graded numerically and verbally according to the EcoS standard (for details including a template see Moodle). The reports have to be submitted electronically 24 hours before class. During class, students will be asked to explain their evaluation.
Topic and research question: Beginning from the first unit of the seminar, students are re-quired to think about a research topic, a research question, and a draft outline of their re-search project including methodology. The topic and research question (one paragraph) must be submitted via Moodle 24 hours before class.
State of the Art: A profound and structured discussion of at least 20 relevant sources on the narrow topic of the thesis must be submitted electronically 24 hours before class.
The following rules apply to late submission: A delay in submission of up to 1 week will result in downgrading by one full grade. A delay in submission of up to 2 weeks will result in down-grading by two full grades, and so forth.
To adjust the workload, we will occasionally skip single units and allot this time to the prepa-ration of the assignments. For details see the separate schedule.
Participation: Student participation in discussion is an integral part of this course. Regular participation is thus mandatory. The following rules apply: The final grade remains un-changed in the case of one absence. If you are absent for up to 2 times, the final grade will be reduced by one full grade. If you are absent for up to 3 times, the final grade will be reduced by two full grades, and so forth.
The final grade for the course will be calculated as follows:
Essay Turabian: 10%
Evaluation of MA Thesis 1: 10%
Evaluation of MA Thesis 2: 10%
Evaluation of MA Thesis 3: 10%
Evaluation of MA Thesis 4: 10%
Research topic, research question: 10%
State of the Art: 40%

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

You need to successfully pass every singe one of the above listed criteria (Essay Turabian,
Evaluation of MA Thesis 1-4, Research topic and research question, State of the Art).

Examination topics

In the first part, students will be asked to read and summarize the first chapters of a book on academic writing, a total of about 140 pages. After this, students will write an essay (5 pages) in which they discuss the contents of what they have read in relation to their own work and research projects. Note that this will not be a summary, but rather a critical discussion. The essay must be submitted electronically before the unit begins.
In the second part, students will read and evaluate four actual MA theses that have been written as part of the EcoS program. Each thesis has to be graded numerically and verbal-ly according to the EcoS standard. The reports have to be submitted electronically before class. During class, students will be asked to explain their evaluation.
In the third part, students are required to develop a research topic, a research ques-tion/hypothesis, and a draft outline of their research project including methodology.

Reading list

Will be posted on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

WM5

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