PECOS4080 – Design seminar - Political science track

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Course content

The design seminar is an integral part of the work with the master thesis. Reserach design and writing are central topics for this course. 
Through discussion of your own and others' master thesis projects, you will gain increased awareness of relevant aspects of conducting an independent scientific research: conceptualization and specification of your research question, choice of research design and research methodology as well as use of sources and data.

Learning outcome


  • Your ability to develop a research question and a matching research design will be enhanced.


  • Your ability to evaluate the work of others will be strengthened along the same dimensions.


  • Your oral skills will be enhanced.


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The course is restricted to students that follows the political science track at the Peace and Conflict Studies programme.



Formal prerequisite knowledge

PECOS4022 – Applied Statistics for Peace and Conflict Studies 

Only students who have been assigned a supervisor can participate.



Mandatory activities

  • Attendance at the first seminar.
  • Attend and participate actively in 2/3 of the seminars (You can not follow the course by Canvas).
  • Present outline of master's thesis.
  • Serve as a discussant on at least one other student's outline.

The number of seminars will depend on the number of students attending the course. We will devote 45 minutes to each student’s outline.

Absence from compulsory tuition activities

If you are ill or have another valid reason for being absent from compulsory tuition activities, your absence may be approved or the compulsory activity may be postponed.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


You must have completed all mandatory activities to pass the course.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

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