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180153 SE Philosophy and Economics Thesis Colloquium (2021S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work


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


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 11.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 18.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 25.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 15.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 22.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 29.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 06.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 20.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 27.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 10.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 17.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 24.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this colloquium, students present, discuss, and reflect upon their independent research work towards their MA thesis. The colloquium aims to support your research, help you improve your research process, and practice research skills such as presenting your research (which is also intended as preparation of your thesis defensio), responding to others' research, and chairing conference/workshop discussions.

At the end of the colloquium, you will have practised and developed your skills in
- presenting your own research, to an audience not familiar with your project,
- engaging critical questions about your research on the spot,
- chairing group discussions, and
- structuring your research process and dealing with difficulties in independent research.

Prerequisites for attending: Since the colloquium is about students' independent research towards an MA thesis, only students who actually work on their thesis can attend. Any stage of your thesis research is suitable. Most notably, you do not need to already have secured your supervisor or have formally registered your thesis title - you may, for example, be in the process of writing your proposal. The minimum expectation, though, is that outside of this colloquium, you spend at least two hours each week on your MA research project.

The colloquium is designed specifically for the MA Programme in Philosophy and Economics. However, space permitting, other students whose topic area falls within Philosophy and Economics will be considered as participants. If you are interested, please send me an email with a short project / topic area description.

The colloquium is taught and assessed in English, and will feature extensive small group discussions which require everyone's preparation and contribution to succeed. In preparation of each colloquium, you will complete some short preparatory tasks reflecting on your research progress since the previous colloquium.

Assessment and permitted materials

The colloquium is assessed through four components:

1) Weekly reflections on your research process. These are marked for completeness, not for correctness: what matters here is that you have seriously thought about the tasks and prepared for the colloquium. Weight: 20%. Deadline: Each teaching week 13:00 on the day of the colloquium. Because the tasks are essential preparation /before/ the colloquium, tasks that are late without authorisation count as not completed.
2) Presentation of your research project and a selected detail from it. The presentation should both give an overview of your overall project, and then present one element of it (e.g. an argument or a model) in detail. The presentation should include slides or a handout that your respondent can use to prepare for the response. These materials need to be uploaded by 12noon the day before the presentation. Weight: 40%. The desired length of the presentation will be determined at the beginning, depending on the number of colloquium participants and hence presentations per colloquium session.
3) Response to a presentation. The respondent briefly explains how they understood the research project, and raises two or more substantive clarificatory questions, critical objections, or suggestions, spelled out in some more detail than is usual for regular comments by the audience. Weight: 20%.
4) Chairing a presentation and discussion. The chair presides over the presentation, response, and discussion, attending to time keeping of the presenter and discussant, managing the queue of audience questions, and keeping within the overall time allocated to the presentation, response, and discussion. Weight: 20%.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

A positive evaluation requires that you achieve a pass grade (4) in all assessment components, and that you actively attend the colloquium. Two unauthorized absences will be excused.

Detailed assessment criteria are posted on Moodle.

Examination topics

Your presentation and weekly tasks must concern independent research towards an MA thesis in philosophy and economics.

Reading list

As the colloquium is about students work in progress, there is no separate reading list.

Association in the course directory

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