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2021 Spring

THESIS - HSS390 Spring 2021


Course
Karen Grunow-Harsta
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This course introduces students to the purpose, structural elements and process of writing a Bachelor’s thesis. It takes students through the stages of writing, including: determining a relevant and appropriate research question, writing a focused and clear thesis statement in response to that question, supporting that thesis theoretically and methodologically, as well as revising and editing. The course will also develop students’ awareness of the stylistic conventions of academic writing. In addition, the students will learn to find and critically evaluate sources and to incorporate these sources in accurate citation format. Students will also come to understand the value of critical thinking, research and the use of sources in order to construct a well reasoned, well informed and well supported argument. The course is taught in a combination of lectures, class discussion, small group interaction and individual presentations. Each student will steadily lay a foundation upon which to build their thesis in cooperation their individual advisors. The ultimate goal of the course is for students to acquire and develop the skills necessary to engage productively and with their advisors and to efficiently produce a Bachelors’ thesis of high academic quality.

Here is the course outline:

1. Lesson 1 Introduction & Critical Thinking

Lesson 1 Introduction & Critical Thinking

2. Lesson 2 Thesis Guidelines Writing Process

Thesis Guidelines Writing Process

3. Lesson 3 Sources, Bibliography, Ambiguity, Definition

Lesson 3 Sources, Bibliography, Ambiguity, Definition

4. Lesson 4 Thesis Structure. Underlying Assumptions

Lesson 4 Thesis Structure. Underlying Assumptions

5. Lesson 5 Sources, Logic and Evidence

Lesson 5 Sources, Logic and Evidence

6. Lesson 6 Outlines, Evidence and Causes

Lesson 6 Outlines, Evidence and Causes

7. Lesson 7 Thesis Proposal & outline. Statistics and Omitted information

Lesson 7 Thesis Proposal & outline. Statistics and Omitted information

8. Lesson 8 Academic Style and Conventions

Academic Style and Conventions

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