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Master 2022/2023

Research Seminar "Skills and Principles of Academic and Research Profession"

Type: Compulsory course (Comparative Social Research)
Area of studies: Sociology
Delivered by: School of Sociology
When: 1 year, 1-4 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Master’s programme: Comparative Soсial Research
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Contact hours: 32

Course Syllabus


The course discusses professional, social, and scientific research ethics, the article and book publication processes, the academic job market. Furthermore, topics, like PhD-supervision, presenting of research results, and the peer-review-process will be in the focus of discussions. Parallel to that, students will improve the implementation of research designs into their MA thesis proposals.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To get students familiar with the full cycle of paper and thesis preparation
  • To get students familiar with the major requirements of academia: the rules, ethics and standards of research
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students understand and follow research rules and ethics
  • Students are able to effectively prepare a reference list for a scientific paper
  • Students are able to formulate research questions and to find literature for practice-oriented studies
  • Students are able to write a draft of a research paper in order to prepare a scientific publication
  • Students understand the procedure of peer review of a scientific paper
  • Students understand the major principles of scientific approach
  • Students know a process of dissertation preparation and can apply it while preparing term paper and thesis
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction in research work: from idea to publication
  • Structure and instruments of the research work
  • Researching entrepreneurship
  • (Re-)Drafting
  • The peer review process. How to present research in public
  • Science as a vocation. Progress of science
  • Practical guides for students in managing the dissertation process
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Home assignment
  • non-blocking Peer-review of draft of research
  • non-blocking Peer-review of the presentation of preliminary research
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 2nd module
    1 * Home assignment
  • 2022/2023 4th module
    0.6 * Peer-review of draft of research + 0.4 * Peer-review of the presentation of preliminary research


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • A designer's research manual : succeed in design by knowing your client and what they really need, O'Grady, J. V., 2006
  • A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations : Chicago style for students and researchers, Turabian, K. L., 2017
  • Authoring a PhD : how to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation, Dunleavy, P., 2003
  • Axelrod, B. N., & Windell, J. (2012). Dissertation Solutions : A Concise Guide to Planning, Implementing, and Surviving the Dissertation Process. Lanham, Md: R&L Education. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=522053
  • Dunleavy, P. (2003). Authoring a PhD : How to Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Thesis or Dissertation. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=197539
  • Early-Stage Entrepreneurial Activity: an Explanatory Model for Cross-Country Comparisons : препринт, Chepurenko A., Gabelko M., 2011
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2003). Theory and Reality : An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=324622
  • Jerry Weissman. (2013). Master the Art of Presentations (Collection). FT Press.
  • Max Weber's 'science as a vocation', , 2015
  • Peyton Jones, S. (2018). How to Write a Great Research Paper. https://doi.org/10.4230/OASIcs.ICCSW.2017.1
  • Puckett, J. (2011). Zotero : A Guide for Librarians, Researchers, and Educators. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=452121
  • Puckett, J. (2017). Zotero : A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators (Vol. Second edition). Chicago, Illinois: Association of College and Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1561980
  • Quinn, M. E. (2007). A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. Booklist, 104(1), 160. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=f5h&AN=26761076
  • The research process, Bouma, G. D., 2001
  • Weber, M., Livingstone, R., Owen, D. S., & Strong, T. B. (2004). The Vocation Lectures : ’science As a Vocation, “politics As a Vocation.” Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=526579
  • Writing for peer reviewed journals : strategies for getting published, Thomson, P., 2013

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • A complexity perspective on researching organizations : taking experience seriously, , 2005
  • An easyguide to research presentations, Wilson, J. H., 2015
  • Faryadi, Q. (2019). PhD Thesis Writing Process: A Systematic Approach——How to Write Your Methodology, Results and Conclusion. Online Submission, 10, 766–783. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=ED594571
  • Gáliková, S. (2016). Academic Writing : Selected Topics in Writing an Academic Paper. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1235840
  • Kazumi Okamoto. (2016). Academic Culture: An Analytical Framework for Understanding Academic Work : A Case Study About the Social Science Academe in Japan. [N.p.]: Ibidem Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1821524
  • Mikael Sundström. (2020). How Not to Write a Thesis or Dissertation. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • STOVALL, J. (2017). The Art of Presentation : Your Competitive Edge. Sound Wisdom.
  • Susan B. Smith. (2012). A Guide for Writing APA Style Research Papers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.BCE37201
  • Understanding the research process, Oliver, P., 2010
  • What are qualitative research ethics?, Wiles, R., 2013