CDSn4010 Diploma Thesis

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 20 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Jakub Drmola, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Otto Eibl, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Jan Holzer, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Lubomír Kopeček, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Josef Kraus, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. JUDr. PhDr. Miroslav Mareš, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Miriam Matejova, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Marek Rybář, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Věra Stojarová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Lucie Pospíšilová (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. Marek Rybář, M.A., Ph.D.
Department of Political Science – Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Mgr. Lucie Pospíšilová
Supplier department: Department of Political Science – Faculty of Social Studies
Students enrol in this course in their last intended term before they sit for the final exam. Defence of the thesis is a mandatory part of the exam.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The student’s task is to conduct their independent research under the guidance of their supervisor in their chosen field of study. By the end of the course, students will analyze the results of their research and prepare the presentation of the research. They will compose an academic text, according to the length and formal standards common in their field (incl. structure of the thesis, abstract, keywords, format, citation standard and list of references and bibliography). This involves the following specific outcomes: - Defining a specific research topic in their field - Organizing, designing, and managing independently conducted research - Collecting and recording data - Analyzing and interpreting the data - Relating the data analysis to social science theory - Composing an academic text meeting the theoretical, methodological and formal standards in their field - Preparing to defend their thesis
Learning outcomes
Diploma Thesis
  • Diploma thesis normally run to 144,000-180,000 characters with spaces (80-100 standard pages). The body of the text, including footnotes/endnotes, is counted; the title page, declarations, acknowledgements, table of contents, list of abbreviations, works cited and appendices are not. Students either choose their own diploma thesis topic or one offered by the Masaryk University Information System (topic must be approved by the supervisor). Students arrange supervisions with their supervisors as necessary. The purpose of the diploma thesis is to show that students are able to work with scholarly sources, employ theories and concepts, pursue their own original research and produce new findings. The guidelines for final degree examination and writing of diploma thesis are laid out in FSS regulation No. 6/2019 O státních závěrečných zkouškách pro studenty Fakulty sociálních studií Masarykovy univerzity [About final state examinations for students of the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University].
Teaching methods
The student participates in individual consultations with the supervisor in all stages of thesis preparation, writing, and completion.
Assessment methods
This course takes the form of individual consultations of students’ theses with their supervisors. It concludes with a credit granted by the supervisor on the basis of the evaluation of the text uploaded in the File Depository of the Diploma Thesis Seminar. The course can be successfuly passed in the regular term after the text was uploaded in the File Depository in accordance with the deadline set by the Department`s schedule. The first resit is always the first Sunday of the first week of the examination period. The second resit is always the first day of the following semester.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught each semester.
Teacher's information
Academic Honesty Students are expected to know the Masaryk University study rules and maintain academic honesty by refraining from plagiarism and from cheating during exams. Plagiarism means that one presents other peoples’ ideas as one’s own and does not credit the author. Plagiarism is one of the most serious breaches of ethical standards in the academic environment, for it denies the mission of the university and the meaning of studying. From a legal perspective, plagiarism is the stealing of intellectual property. The official Faculty of Social Studies disciplinary policy states that academic dishonesty is not tolerated under any circumstances. For students caught plagiarizing or cheating in a course, the minimum penalty is immediate expulsion from the course, a grade of F for the semester, and referral to the Faculty Dean, who may choose to send the case to the FSS Disciplinary Committee. To avoid plagiarism, students are responsible for learning and following the rules about proper citation of sources.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Autumn 2021, Spring 2022, Autumn 2022, Spring 2023, Autumn 2023, Autumn 2024, Spring 2025.
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