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Course module: 880041-M-6
Term Paper Research Master
Course info
Course module880041-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences; TSH: Commun. and Inform. Sciences; TSH: Department Communication and Cognition;
Is part of
M Communication and Information Sciences (research)
M Linguistics and Communication Sciences (research)
Convenant TSH
dr. J. Bartels
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
Course mode
Registration openfrom 14/10/2019 up to and including 24/01/2020
At the end of the course, students know how to write a coherent review article on the basis of a collection of articles addressing a common theme.
Students identify a research topic and gather relevant literature. Based on the literature, they write a critical review. Individual supervision will in principle consist of a minimum of 3 meetings. In additon there will be group meetings (round table meetings with other students).

The speific time and date of the meetings of he course will bescheduled in the beginning of the first semester, taking the schedule of the students into account. Please get in touch with the lecturer if you have any questions regarding the schedule.
Students select a research topic that is related to their (provisional) main subject. They collect published articles addressing this theme, and write a critical review based on their reading in order to identify (new) open questions in the research field. This review (size indication: approximately 15-20 pages) summarizes the state of affairs in the selected field. The paper must include a number of open research questions and a discussion of proposed/possible ways to address these questions. If the answers to these questions may have implications for non-academic applications (language technology, teaching, etc.) that are touched upon in the articles, these should also be included in the paper.

The term paper is supervised by a member of staff from Radboud University or Tilburg University, whose own field of expertise is related to the theme addressed in the term paper. Individual supervision consists of at least three meetings; though additional meetings can be scheduled if desired. During the first meeting a theme and a preliminary list of readings are defined. When a first version has been written, the supervisor and student discuss it and revisions are agreed upon. The final version is discussed and evaluated.

In addition to the individual supervision, there are up to five group meetings, in which all students of a cohort come together. These meetings are led by one of the course coordinators and have two goals. The first is to guard progress on the Term Paper; the other is to give the students the opportunity to practice explaining scientific topics to others. In round table meetings, students present their topic, explain what is interesting about them, what findings are reported in the articles they read, how the researchers have come by these findings, and what they mean in the broader context of linguistics and communication studies.
Compulsory Reading
  1. articles on the chosen topic
Recommended Reading
  1. articles on the chosen topic
Contact person
dr. J. Bartels
Timetable information
Term Paper Research Master
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