The student's task is to prepare a detailed proposal of the thesis, including a specific research design. It is appropriate to begin outlining and writing the thesis.
The course is fulfilled and credits earned when the student completes independent work under the supervision of the thesis supervisor. The student should fulfill several tasks during the semester, including:
- Find a teacher who will serve as thesis supervisor
- Consult regularly with the supervisor to begin preparing thesis materials
- Do research and writing related to the thesis
- Create a bibliography of sources used
- Create a detailed outline of the thesis contents
- Begin to write the thesis
A successful thesis project:
- Articulates the objectives of the thesis work
- States the research question(s)
- Explains the significance and contribution of the research
- Specifies and justifies the methodology of conducting the research and analysis
- Explains how the project relates to previous research by others
To pass the course, students must demonstrate to the supervisor that they have fulfilled the following work expectations:
HOURS OF WORK
- In-person consultation with the supervisor (about 5 hours)
- Research (about 15 hours)
- Reading (about 80 hours)
- Writing the project text (approximately 40 hours)
Total: about 140 hours
Read a minimum of 1200 pages of literature (including data sources, documents, theory materials, etc.)
American Sociological Association style guide. 4th ed. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association, 2010. xiv, 114. ISBN 9780912764313. info
STERN, Linda. What every student should know about avoiding plagiarism. 1st ed. New York: Pearson/Longman, 2007. vi, 74. ISBN 0321446895. info
ZINSSER, William. On writing well : the classic guide to writing nonfiction. 30th anniversary ed., 7th ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2006. xiii, 321. ISBN 0060891548. info
The sociology student writer's manual. Edited by William A. Johnson. 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2006. xii, 260. ISBN 0131928511. info
FOWLER, Henry Ramsey. The little, brown handbook. Edited by Jane E. Aaron - Daniel Anderson. 8th ed. New York: Longman, 2000. xxviii, 96. ISBN 0-321-07507-2. info
The intended outcome of this course is practical preparation by the student for completing the thesis in the following semester. This is achieved through independent reading, research, and writing and in consultation with the student's thesis supervisor.
The supervisor should make an assessment whether the student has fulfilled the tasks expected to be completed during the semester. Credit is granted on a pass/fail basis.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only v češtině)
The course is taught annually.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Only for degree-students of "Sociology" and "Cultural Sociology"