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Thesis Proposal Seminar

Semester and Year FA 2014
Course Number CORE-GG2401
Section 002
Instructor Rosalind Fredericks
Days Tue
Time 6:20 PM - 7:35 PM
Units 2.0
Level G
Foundation Requirement


Pass/fail only. The 2-unit course is taken after the student has completed a Proseminar and generally during the second semester of full-time study, or after completing 12 credits. Section 1 is for students who intend to complete a thesis in the arts and humanities; section II is for students in the social sciences. Please note that, throughout the semester, both sections of this course will occasionally meet together at the regular class time; this includes the first day of classes, Tuesday, September 2nd.


As the first step in the sequence leading to the thesis, the Thesis Proposal Seminar will move students toward the completion of an acceptable thesis proposal. Students learn about the structure and content of the thesis proposal as they: (1) consider ways of integrating their work and articulating a core problem; (2) discuss the conventions of scholarly discourse, documentation, and argumentation; and (3) formulate a plan that is both ambitious and practicable. Multiple sections of this course will be offered each semester for students in the Social Sciences and Professions, the Humanities, and the Arts. The course will combine classroom instruction and affinity-group work as well as special events and activities. In some weeks the course sections will meet separately, in other weeks all sections will come together for plenary sessions that may include events and activities such as guest lectures, library visits, and human subjects research instruction. Possible texts will include The Craft of Research (Booth, Colomb, and Williams). To pass, students must submit an advanced draft of the thesis proposal that has been read and approved by the adviser.



Course Type

Graduate Core (CORE-GG)

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