Thesis Writing Workshop Group 1, 2 (2017/18)

Course Description: 

Mandatory for all graduating MA students. (NB: the workshop will meet March 5-14, 2018 for second year students in 2-year programs. One-year students take TWW in May)

This course is a practical workshop designed to help students further their thesis writing in a timely manner, to become aware of potential problems in their writing at an early stage, and to practice presenting their thesis project to their peers as a lead-up to the oral presentation they will have to make at their thesis defense. Students circulate a draft chapter from the heart of the thesis – analysis of empirical material or central chapters of theoretical analysis but NOT introductory context, literature review, theoretical concepts, or methodology – for presentation, discussion, and critical feedback from their peers. Thesis supervisors are invited to attend and offer feedback.

Students also learn from reading and assessing their classmates’ work and from listening to the feedback and suggestions offered to others. The class is organized in one-hour sessions, one per student with their draft chapter. An additional short writing tasks is to prepare a one-page memo responding to feedback. 

Learning Outcomes: 

* The workshop will help you make a significant step in the thesis writing process by giving you a deadline for the submission of a core chapter of your thesis.

* The workshop will train you in how to make a clear presentation of your own research.

* The workshop will train you in providing constructive feedback to the academic work of your peers.

* After the Workshop you should also have a clearer idea of what the main argument of the chapter in question is, how it contributes to the argument of the thesis as a whole, and what the particular, original contribution of your thesis will be.  

Assessment: 

This is a pass/fail course. Requirements to pass:

* Attendance

* Preparation and presentation of a (draft) thesis chapter and your thesis table of contents

* Careful reading of your peers’ chapters, preparing and providing feedback on their work.

* Writing a memo for the TWW professor and your supervisor about how you will respond to the feedback on your chapter.