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Course module: 410900-B-12
Thesis: Wicked Problems 303
Course info
Course module410900-B-12
Credits (ECTS)12
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeThesis
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Organization Studies; Organization Studies;
Is part of
B Organization Studies
B Organization Studies: Global Management of Social Issues 
Contact persondr. J.P. Bechara
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prof. dr. P.H.J. Achterberg
Other course modules lecturer
K. Alexander
Other course modules lecturer
dr. F. Angeli
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Coordinator course
dr. J.P. Bechara
Other course modules lecturer
dr. J.P. Bechara
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 20/08/2018 09:00 up to and including 31/07/2019
Students demonstrate with their bachelor's thesis that they can perform organizational scientific research with regard to GMSI topics independently by executing a (literature review) research project which is processed, reported and presented in a thesis report.
When to register exactly, how the circle meetings work and which themes are pursued in the circles will be announced through the course blackboard page.
Three introductory lectures and a practicum will be held in the first weeks of block 3. These have compulsory attendance and contain essential information about what can be expected in the course and what is expected of you in the course. Attending these sessions is a requirement to gain admission to the themes and start writing your thesis.
The bachelor's thesis is written with the circle meetings as feedback moments. A circle meeting is a group meeting that is planned periodically. In these meetings, students provide and receive feedback on others' and their Individual Research Proposal as well as the intermediate products that lead up to the thesis.
Recommended Prerequisites
In order to be allowed to participate in this course, at least all courses from the propaedeutic phase AND at least 60 ECTS from the post propaedeutic phase have to be completed successfully. Participation in the circles is only possible if the practicum has been followed successfully in the current academic year.
The bachelor's thesis is the final assignment of the bachelor program Organisation Studies. The student may choose the theme of his or her thesis from a list of pre-selected themes, provided by the department Organisation Studies. This theme is the departure point for the development of the thesis. After admission to the theme (please refer to the blackboard page of the course and the admission requirements below) students start by formulating their research problem and research design. They use the knowledge and skills from content courses and methods & research techniques courses in order to start-up their thesis.
There are two types of thesis that can be written. First, the thesis can contain a literature review on a specific problem or a gap in the literature. Second, the thesis can entail scientific research based on existing data. This data, mostly coming from earlier research or being publicly available, can be analysed from a new angle or be analysed with the aid of other methods.
The text of the bachelor's thesis will have to meet scientific requirements: build-up of text and lay-out (also the reference list), clear and coherent argumentation with sufficient depth and demonstrating a firm grasp of the relevant literature are all essential components of the bachelor's thesis. This develops in a thorough comparison of different scientific papers and a critical evaluation of the (used) literature. The text of the thesis must comply with A.P.A. norms and must measure between 6000-8000 words, excluding appendices.

Type of Instruction
Lecture, Practicum, Circle Meetings

Type of exams
Bachelor Thesis (100%), Practical (sufficient)
Timetable information
410900-B-12|Bachelor Thesis: Wicked Problems 303
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