Thesis Supporting Seminar 1.



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 3

Typically offered in

Autumn semester

Course description

The aim of the course is to enable students to write, design their own research proposal based on their previously acquired knowledge. They will formulate their research questions and implement their own empirical research based on their research plan. The course will help them throughout the whole process to critically look at their own work and further develop their analytical skills. The teacher of the course is also the supervisor of the thesis and the course provides the opportunity to have group discussions on methodological and other issues.

Learning outcome, competences

  • Students will be able to critically analyse information and work with them using their own individual perspective
  • Students know the perspectives and strategies of social sciences
  • Students know actual research methods and they can apply them
  • Students know statistical or qualitative analysis softwares
  • Students know how to use academic databases


  • Students can use the knowledge of their field to understand current social changes
  • Students are sensitive to social issues, can apply global values in local issues and try to use these perspectives in their everyday work
  • Students are tolerant and represent moral values in their human relationships


  • Students will be able to take into account basic human rights, the cultural specificities and values of different groups
  • Students will be able to apply their multicultural knowledge in their everyday practice so they will be able to apply this knowledge to develop and design and implement programs in the field of social integration.
  • Students will be able to understand and alter inter-group and intercultural relationships
  • Students will be able to notice, understand and handle the relationship between the socioeconomic status and social integration.
  • Students will be able to critically assess political, policy and social processes of interethnic relations.
  • Students will be able to reflect on their own situation and develop a critical approach to ethnocentrism.

Content of the course
Topics of the course

  • Finalizing research proposals
  • Finalizing research ethical guides
  • Preparing research timetable
  • Designing data collection process
  • Familiarizing with data analysing softwares
  • Getting to know the requirements on formatting and referencing for publications
  • Submitting the thesis

Learning activities, learning methods

  • interactive presentations
  • group work
  • individual work

Evaluation of outcomes
Learning requirements, mode of evaluation, criteria of evaluation:


  • Presentation of individual work: research proposal
  • Participation in group discussions and groups work
  • Submission of thesis

mode of evaluation:

  • Written assignment will be graded by teacher

criteria of evaluation:

  • The quality of research proposal
  • The activity in group work

Compulsory reading list

  • Babbie, Earl R.: The Practice of Social Research. 2013.
  • Kvale, Steinar, Doing interviews. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, 2007.