RLMgA018 Master's Thesis Seminar I

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/1/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Tomáš Glomb, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Aleš Chalupa, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Jakub Cigán, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Milan Fujda, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. et Mgr. Radek Kundt, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
PhDr. Dalibor Papoušek, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
doc. PhDr. David Václavík, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Jana Valtrová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
doc. PhDr. David Zbíral, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
PhDr. Iva Doležalová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Zuzana Kubovčáková, M.A., Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. et Mgr. Dušan Vávra, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
doc. PhDr. Luboš Bělka, CSc. (seminar tutor)
Dr. phil. Anna Michalík Kvíčalová, MA (seminar tutor)
Mgr. et Mgr. Eva Kundtová Klocová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Martin Lang, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Michaela Ondrašinová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. David Zbíral, Ph.D.
Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Kateřina Sedlářová
Supplier department: Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
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 course aims at supporting the initial steps leading to the preparation of the master's thesis. In addition to several joint seminars devoted to the presentations of preliminary topics of master's theses by the students the course consists of individual consultations of the student with the respective thesis supervisor according to the student's needs and regarding the level and progress of the student's work. The course focuses on the specification of the research area and the gradual refinement of initial explorations leading to the formulation of a preliminary topic of the master's thesis and its research questions. During the course the student conducts an extensive bibliographic survey which provides the necessary factual and theoretical-methodological basis for the preparation of the Masters's thesis project, and reads the relevant literature.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, students will be able to:
  • perform a thorough bibliographic survey to provide factual information about the selected research area;
  • identify and process relevant theoretical and methodological literature appropriate to the type of research that results from the formulation of a preliminary research question;
  • effectively search literature in library catalogs and electronic information resource databases;
  • prepare an structured and annotated bibliography and excerpts from the literature relevant to the selected research area;
  • clearly and comprehensively present a preliminary research topic of their master's thesis during a joint seminar and respond to the critical remarks of the course coordinator and student participants.
  • Syllabus
    • Introductory seminar
    • Presentation of preliminary topics and research questions of individual master's theses
    • Consultations with the master's thesis supervisor and individual work on an in-depth bibliographic survey
    • Surveying and annotating of thematically relevant literature and sources
      required literature
    • KUBÁTOVÁ, Helena and Dušan ŠIMEK. Od abstraktu do závěrečné práce : jak napsat diplomovou práci ve společenskovědních a humanitních oborech : praktická příručka. 4., přeprac. vyd. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, 2007. 90 s. ISBN 9788024415895. info
    • POKORNÝ, Jiří. Úspěšnost zaručena : jak efektivně zpracovat a obhájit diplomovou práci. Vyd. 1. Brno: Akademické nakladatelství CERM, 2004. 207 s. ISBN 807204348X. info
      recommended literature
    • ECO, Umberto. Jak napsat diplomovou práci. Translated by Ivan Seidl. Olomouc: Votobia, 1997. 271 s. ISBN 8071981737. info
    Teaching methods
    Individual work of the student on the preparation of the preliminary topic and research questions of the master's thesis project; regular consultations with the thesis supervisor; presentation of preliminary topics and research questions during joint seminars and participation in mutual critical discussions between students in the presence of the course coordinator and theses supervisors.
    Assessment methods
    Colloquium is awarded by the course coordinator after his/her consultations with individual thesis supervisors.
    Conditions for successful course completion:
    (a) Presentation of the preliminary topic and research questions of the future master's thesis at a joint seminar (20 %);
    (b) Preparation and submission of an annotated bibliography on the preliminary subject of the master's thesis and its acceptance by the thesis supervisor (80 %).
    Language of instruction
    Follow-Up Courses
    Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
    The course is taught each semester.
    The course is taught: every week.
    General note: Studenti religionistiky povinně zapisují v 1. semestru studia.
    Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
    The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Autumn 2020.
    • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2021, recent)
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