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Course module: 400990-B-12
400990-B-12
Thesis Sociology
Course info
Course module400990-B-12
Credits (ECTS)12
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeThesis
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Sociology; Sociology;
Is part of
B Sociology
PM Sociology
Convenant TSB
Contact personprof. dr. P.H.J. Achterberg
Lecturer(s)
Lecturer
prof. dr. P.H.J. Achterberg
Other course modules lecturer
Coordinator course
prof. dr. P.H.J. Achterberg
Other course modules lecturer
Starting block
BLOK 3
Course mode
Full-time
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 08/01/2019 up to and including 31/07/2019
Aims
  • To learn to write an individual scientific paper at bachelor level
  • To learn to give an overview of the state of the art of a certain research domain
  • To learn to formulate research questions that are innovating
  • To learn to answer research questions adequately, to test hypotheses using survey data, and to apply advanced statistical analyses.

Required Prerequisites

IIn order to be allowed to participate in this course, at least all courses from the propedeutic phase AND at least 60 ECTS from the post propedeutic phase have to be completed successfully.
Content

The bachelor thesis is a proof of scientific expertise at bachelor level. Students have to produce individually a theoretical-empirical paper on one of two themes: 1) modernization and values; or 2) ethnicity and cohesion.
In the paper, students a) formulate relevant and innovative research questions; b) derive hypotheses based on existing theories and empirical studies; c) test the hypotheses using existing survey data and apply adequate methodology and statistical analyses; d) draw general conclusions and discuss the consequences for the research questions and hypotheses. Research questions are descriptive and explanatory. Students use either the European Values Study (EVS), the Netherlands Life-Course Longitudinal Survey (NELLS), or data from another large-scale survey.

In the first stage of the course students are trained in writing empirical-theoretical papers. Students write one training paper, which has to be passed to be selected for the bachelor thesis.

During the second stage of the course, students work, under supervision, on their bachelor thesis. They analyze one of the existing survey data sets made available by the supervisors and test hypotheses using advanced statistical analyses. All steps in the analyses have to be taken: i.e., operationalization, selection of units of analysis, descriptive analyses and multivariate, explanatory analyses. Students describe the results, draw conclusions and discuss the consequences for their research questions and hypotheses.

The course ends with two mini-symposiums where students present their papers.

Type of instructions

Seminars, computer labs, individual supervision

Type of exams

One training paper, bachelor thesis, presentation

Compulsory Reading
  1. Depending on the research questions, at least 10 new scientific studies (foreign, Dutch, books, articles). Literature and references according to APA standards.
Timetable information
400990-B-12|Bachelor's Thesis Sociology
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