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.
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.
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.