- 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 PrerequisitesIIn 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.
The bachelor thesis is a proof of scientific expertise at bachelor level. Students have to produce individually a theoretical-empirical paper .
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
- Depending on the research questions, at least 10 new scientific studies (foreign, Dutch, books, articles). Literature and references according to APA standards.