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HIS5070: Methodology: Texts and History

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Generell informasjon | Studiekrav | Avsluttende vurdering | Læringsutbytte etter fullført emne | Merknad til litteraturlisten 

Emneansvarlig:John Wayne Kaufman (John.W.Kaufman@mf.no)
Studieprogramtilhørighet:Mastergrad iht §3, 2 år - Religionshistorie
Avdelingstilhørighet:Avdelingsråd for teologi og historie

Generell informasjon

The goal of this course is to get the students started on their preparation for writing a a master's thesis based on historical texts or objects broadly understood. In order to finish the thesis within the stipulated time frame, it is important that the studetns get started on their thesis quickly. In this course, students will learn about relevant method; find a research topic; find an advisor; write a project description; and participate in writing and searching courses. Students are required to create part of the bibliography themselves (ca. 300 pages), literature directly connected to the thesis they will be writing.
Organization of the course:
The course is composed of the following elements:
  • Course in using academic search engines (Library)
  • Seminar on academic writing
  • Lectures in philosophy of history
  • Seminar on historical method and project design
  • A short in-class test
  • Individual study
One of the obligatory course requirements is that students register a topic they are interested in writing their thesis about, and find an advisor who is willing and able to advise the thesis.
A further course requirement is that students write a project description. The project description should be written in cooperation with the advisor. The following is a recommended outline of the project description:
1) Research question and brief discussion of why this should be studied
2) Primary material, including delimitation and motivation
3) Method
4) Preliminary structure of the thesis
5) The goal of the thesis


In order to complete the course, students must:
  • Register the topic of the dissertation (100-300 words)
  • Participate in the obligatory search course
  • Participate in the seminar on academic writing (minimum 75% obligatory participation)
  • Attend the lectures in philosophy of history and the seminars on method and project design (minimum 75% obligatory participation)
  • Write and hand in a project description (ca 2000 words), including a project-specific bibliography of ca. 300 pages
  • Fill out and sign the student-advisor contract
  • Pass the in-class test
  • Participate in the evaluation of the course.

Avsluttende vurdering

The course is assessed as pass/fail, based on whether or not the course requirements are fulfilled. All course requirements must be fulfilled in order to pass. The course must be passed before students will be allowed to begin their thesis.

Læringsutbytte etter fullført emne

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to have:
  • Familiarity with basic questions and developments in the philosophy of history
  • Familiarity with questions concerning primary and secondary historical sources and a broad range of methodological questions in historical research
  • The ability to make use of historical method in order to complete a master¿s thesis.

Merknad til litteraturlisten

In addition to the literature listed below, students are to choose a bibliography of ca 300 pages, in cooperation with their advisor. The literature should be directly relevant to the chosen topic of study

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