The thesis defense follows two semester-long diploma seminars, during which students acquire the necessary skills to write their own academic project submittable as a master’s thesis. During the defense, the student is assessed with regards their proven ability to both deal with the chosen theme and to orally present the results of their work, through responding to comments from the opponents as well as to questions posed by the examiners. In their theses, students should be able to prove that they have met the basic demands necessary to master the defined problem.
This includes the following abilities: to clearly articulate the initial situation or problem, to articulate their intentions and goals, to characterize and justify their choice of methodology and the procedures used to implement planned procedures adequately, to document and collect the necessary data and knowledge to interpret their results, to formulate clear and well-founded conclusions, to present these conclusions in accordance with academic standards and to work with footnotes and references.
Thesis Topic Registration
1. Download and complete the registration form (downloadable here).
2. Once completed and signed (by both student and supervisor) application forms should be brought during office hours to the department secretary by the end of May in their first year of study.
3. Submitted and completed application forms can also be sent via e-mail to the department secretary (ie. an identical version of the project without signatures).
Students of historical sociology are required to register their topics by the end of May in their first year of study.