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180174 SE Philosophy and Economics Thesis Colloquium (2022S)

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 served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Credits: 5 ECTS credits / 2 semester-hours (SWS/SSt)
Time: Wednesdays, 9:45-11:15, starting March 9. For all dates, please see the seminar entry on u:find.
Location: Room 3B, Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG) 2nd floor, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna, and via Zoom as needed.

To allow for optimum use of the limited seminar places, if there is a waiting list, then students who do not attend the first seminar session without notification of the lecturer will automatically be de-registered to make space for students on the waiting list.
If you have registered and cannot make it to the first session, but intend to follow this seminar, then please email felix.pinkert@univie.ac.at ahead of the session to keep your place.

*Special arrangements pertaining to COVID-19 public health regulations:* The seminar is planned as an onsite seminar with a live online participation option for students who are unable to attend in person, e.g. due to personal health or travel restrictions. Depending on public health regulations, the seminar may have to switch to an online format in some weeks. The assessment remains the same, and we will use the same time slot for online sessions in which we reproduce the seminar setup with plenary and small group discussions.

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.

Wednesday 09.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Wednesday 16.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Wednesday 23.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Wednesday 30.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Wednesday 06.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Wednesday 27.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Wednesday 04.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Wednesday 11.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Wednesday 18.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Wednesday 25.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Wednesday 01.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Wednesday 08.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Wednesday 15.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Wednesday 22.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Wednesday 29.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien


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.

The colloquium is taught and assessed in English, and requires everyone's preparation and contribution to succeed. In preparation of each colloquium, you will complete some short preparatory tasks reflecting on your research process.

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: 12 noon on the day before the respective colloquium session.* 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, live during the colloquium. 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. *Weight: 40%.* *Deadline: These materials need to be uploaded by 12 noon the day before the presentation.* 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. After the presentation in the colloquium, 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

Each of the assignments is evaluated on a scale from 1 (“Very Good”) to 5 (“Unsatisfactory”). A positive evaluation requires that you achieve a pass grade (4) in all assessment components, and that you actively attend the seminar. Two unauthorized absences will be excused.

Conditional on fulfilling the necessary requirements just mentioned, the final grade, comprised between 1 (“Very good”) and 4 (“Adequate”), is a rounded weighted average of the separate assessment grades. A failure to achieve a pass grade in one of the necessary requirements yields a 5 ("Insufficient").

By registering for this course/seminar, you tacitly agree to having all your electronic submissions checked by the plagiarism detection software Turnitin.

Detailed assessment criteria for each assignment are posted on Moodle.

Examination topics

Your presentation and weekly tasks must concern independent research towards an MA thesis in philosophy and economics (which may be a thesis you write for a programme other than the Vienna MA in Philosophy and Economics).

Reading list

As the colloquium is about students' work in progress, there is no reading list. Students work with the literature which they find in the course of their thesis research.

Association in the course directory

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