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Marta Mikkelsen
SISRE 502
Seattle Campus

Thesis Seminar I

Review of research techniques: preparation for drafting master's thesis. Required of all second-year MAIS students. Credit/no credit only. Offered: A.

Class description

The purpose of this 5-week seminar is to guide Masterís students of the Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies program of the Jackson School of International Studies toward the timely and successful completion of their MA theses.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Course meetings will be focused primarily on student presentations and peer feedback, but the instructor will also intervene when this seems useful and appropriate.

Recommended preparation

REECAS MA student

Class assignments and grading

SISRE 502-503 will be hyphenated and graded courses. The grade ultimately given for SISRE 503 will apply also to SISRE 502. Thirty-five percent of the grade will come from 502 with the remaining sixty-five percent from SISRE 503ís assignments. Each student will be responsible for completing three assignments: a written review and presentation of a journal article to gain a basic understanding of how the thesis should look (10%), an initial thesis statement and basic outline of the entire MA thesis (10%) and a translation of a 1-page source to be used in the thesis (10%). Attendance and participation (i.e. feedback on others' presentations) will make up the remaining 5% of the grade.


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.
Last Update by Marta Mikkelsen
Date: 10/11/2011