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Course module: U30021-B-9
Bachelor's Thesis in Theology
Course info
Course moduleU30021-B-9
Credits (ECTS)9
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeThesis
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Catholic Theology; TST: Prac. Theology/Religious Studies; Practical Theology and Religious Studies;
Is part of
B Theology
dr. S. Gärtner
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change
Registration openfrom 17/08/2020 up to and including 20/08/2021

1.         The student has written an academic thesis with a clear and adequate research question, in which methods and techniques have been applied correctly.
            (Attainment target 2)
2.         The student displays more than elementary knowledge of the chosen discipline.
            (Attainment targets 3 and 1)
3.         The student has studied his or her sources in the various source languages.
            (Attainment targets 4 and 7)
4.         The student is able to meaningfully connect the results of his or her research with a contemporary issue from church or society.
            (Attainment target 6)
5.         The student is able to treat the available sources and secondary literature correctly and to make a relevant choice from among them.
            (Attainment target 8)
6.         The student is able to analyze fruitfully, argue correctly, and judge coherently.
            (Attainment target 9)
7.         The student is able to write a thesis in correct English and in accordance with academic standards on style, formal structure, and bibliographical referencing.
            (Attainment target 10)
8.         The student is able to present his or her thesis compellingly and defend it adequately.
            (Attainment target 11)
9.         The student is able to work independently and to integrate criticism.
            (Attainment target 12)
10.      The student is able to connect his or her work with his or her academic and social responsibility
            (Attainment target 13)
11.      The student displays curiosity, a critical sense and creativity.
            (Attainment target 14)

The Bachelor Thesis Seminar consists of two parts:
  • The first part is the Seminar. The purpose of the seminar is to help you draw up a plan for your thesis. You will choose a topic and develop a viable research question that corresponds to the topic. You will have to ask a faculty member to become your supervisor and make arrangements with him/her about the research for your thesis and about writing the thesis. An examiner will also be appointed.
The seminar in principle consists of three meetings:
  • first meeting:
Your thesis coordinator will introduce the requirements for the Bachelor’s thesis. We will have a first brainstorming session about your topic and possible corresponding research question. The assignment for the next meeting is to provisionally fill out points 1 and 2 of the Bachelor Thesis Plan form.
Please do the following to prepare for this first meeting:
*        Read the Research Guide, the Writing Guide, and the Bachelor in Theology Thesis Procedure. These three documents can be found on Canvas.
*        Look at Joy de Jong’s handbook to form a first impression of the content.
*        Choose the discipline for which you are going to write your Bachelor’s thesis.
*        Maybe you have thought about this already and you already have an idea about the topic? Please inform the Bachelor thesis coordinator by email at the latest 3 days before this meeting.
  • second meeting:
Everyone has prepared a draft research question and has sent this by email to all other participants at the latest 3 days before the meeting. This meeting will be dedicated to discussing the draft research questions. The assignment for the next meeting is to fill out the other points in the Bachelor’s Thesis Plan form.
  • third meeting:
You have completed your thesis plan; please send it to your thesis coordinator and other participants in the course at the latest 3 days before this meeting. During this third meeting we will discuss the thesis plans. Afterwards you will be able to submit your final thesis plan to your supervisor and to the thesis coordinator.
  • The second part is the Circle of Knowledge. You will be hard at work on your Bachelor’s thesis at this time and are likely to have various kinds of experiences with the research. What do you find difficult? What do you find easy? The ‘circle of knowledge’ meeting allows us to share these experiences with one another. Please email a bullet point list of the experiences you would like to discuss with your thesis coordinator and the other participants in the course at the latest 3 days before the meeting.
Contact person
dr. S. Gärtner
Timetable information
Bachelor's Thesis in Theology
Required materials
Recommended materials
Title:Effective strategies for academic writing
Author:Joy de Jong and Patrick Graham
Publisher:Bussum: Coutinho, 2017

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