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Aimee Dechter
SOC 524
Seattle Campus

Master's Thesis Research Seminar

Facilitates the development of a thesis and its execution. Forum for refining research questions, presenting work in progress, and receiving feedback from instructor and other students on ideas and written work. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

The seminar is designed to facilitate the development and execution of the Master's thesis by providing support from participants and the Master's Thesis Coordinator. The seminar will cover each distinct component of the research process, including engaging literature, managing data and writing.

Student learning goals

Hone research skills and judgments necessary to identify sociologically important and empirically feasible research questions. These skills include critical reading and engaging literature.

Identify faculty members to talk to about research topic and select a thesis advisor

Develop appropriate research designs to address research questions

Identify or collect data, and develop data management techniques by the end of the year.

Complete a research proposal by the end of the year

Conduct independent research to bring evidence to bear on the research questions. Present the work and write about it.

General method of instruction

The format and frequency of meetings are flexible, vary by quarter, and will be altered to accommodate the diversity of stages and needs of the students in any given quarter. The seminar will be a forum for discussing the thesis process, refining research questions, and presenting work in progress. At times, meetings will provide a venue for participants to serve as sounding boards. Students may update one another on their progress or present or discuss tasks they complete for the thesis. Other times meetings may be structured as a workshop where participants ask probing questions or provide constructive feedback on the writing or presentations of other participants.

Recommended preparation

Students beginning Master's Thesis research.

Class assignments and grading

Readings are optional. Minimal assignments.

The course is graded on a credit/no credit basis.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Aimee Dechter
Date: 09/23/2013