2021-2022 / DMEM0012-1

Final dissertation


Nombre de crédits

 Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale10 crédits 


Langue(s) de l'unité d'enseignement

Langue anglaise

Organisation et évaluation

Enseignement durant l'année complète


Horaire en ligne

Unités d'enseignement prérequises et corequises

Les unités prérequises ou corequises sont présentées au sein de chaque programme

Contenus de l'unité d'enseignement

1) Theoretical perspectives
2) Research design
3) Literature review
4) Hypothesis formation
5) Qualitative/quantitative methods
6) Different types of data
Systematic follow-up regarding the progress during the year;
Meetings between the student and the supervisor in order to guarantee a genuine assesment of the master's thesis;
Sessions for giving advices and feedback; 
Meetings in order to evaluate the accomplished work and to discuss the coming tasks.   


Acquis d'apprentissage (objectifs d'apprentissage) de l'unité d'enseignement

This course is concerned with research design and analysis.
It is designed as an introduction to the research process.
The aim is to introduce:

  • a step-by-step delineation of the process of asking and answering a research question - formulating a question, reviewing the relevant literature, advancing a hypothesis or argument, constructing a theoretical framework; defining concepts, variables and relationships; and designing a test of the hypothesis or argument; and
  • the array of methods used in political research and how scholars utilize these methods to answer questions about political phenomena.

Savoirs et compétences prérequis

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Activités d'apprentissage prévues et méthodes d'enseignement

Mode d'enseignement (présentiel, à distance, hybride)

The master's thesis is evaluated in the following aspects:
conceptual framework and literature review;
scientific process and content;

Lectures recommandées ou obligatoires et notes de cours

- Janet Buttolph Johnson, H. T. Reynolds, Jason D. Mycoff, Political Science, Research Methods, London, SAGE Editions, 2016.
- Peter Burnham, Karin Gilland, Wyn Grant and Zig Layton-Henry, Research methods in politics, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
- Sandra Halperin, Oliver Heath, Political research: methods and practical skills, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017.

Modalités d'évaluation et critères

Toutes sessions confondues :

- En présentiel

évaluation orale

- En distanciel

évaluation orale ET travail à rendre

- Si évaluation en "hybride"

préférence en distanciel

Explications complémentaires:

Submission of master's thesis:
Students must submit their dissertation on the MatheO platform no later than the first Monday in June for the first session, 16 August for the second session. 
The platform provides for the on-line conclusion of a licence agreement. The version submitted online and the date of the on-line submission are considered proof of submission.
The dissertation is defended orally. The defence takes place in English.     


Remarques organisationnelles


Dr. Antonios Vlassis