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The colloquium gives students the opportunity to present their first thoughts, ideas and concepts as well as draft chapters for their final thesis and to discuss them in the group. This can be a rough and preliminary outline of a research question and object of investigation or (for more advanced students) the thesis outline and draft sample chapters. The presentation and supplementary written material should include a draft structure and reflections on (possible) sources, databases, survey techniques, a state of the art, theoretical framework and a time schedule. In order to have sufficient time for subsequent corrections and improvements, it is advisable to present these considerations as early as possible and to discuss them in the group, even if the research concept is only preliminary and tentative. The colloquium is also open to students who do not yet have a precise research topic. They can receive valuable suggestions for the development of their own research questions from the discussions. In addition, students get insights into the design of a Master thesis and the common expectations regarding a thesis in Public Administration and Public Policy. They learn about the relevance of research topics, essential research strategies and decisions on research design. It is recommended to attend the colloquium at least one semester before registering for the final examination.
The colloquium will take place in a face-to-face format on campus. The access information for the Moodle-course will be sent to all students enrolled on PULS for the course by email during the first week of the winter term (25.10.-29.10.21).
Regular participation, active involvement, comment on a presentation/exposé, presentation of your own research project/research idea (with written exposé of 2-3 pages and additional material).
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