Research Methodology and Thesis Planning Seminar
The aim of the course is to offer practical help for first year Cultural Heritage students to work out the thesis prospectus (structure and content). The first part of the course focuses on the problem of writing in cultural heritage by offering an overview on standard genres in the field. Students should present their proposed thesis topic in this framework and provide critical evaluation of each other`s work. In the second part of the course, we focus on methods and methodology in connection with cultural heritage theory and the nature of their data. Students are expected to summarize the methodological issues related to their thesis proposal. Finally, the course deals with issues of dissemination of results dealing with the problem of project results and target audience. In this framework, we are dealing with social networking as a dissemination tool. The final goal the course is to prepare the draft of the thesis prospectus.
By preparing their own pieces of writing and presentations students will hone their critical skills in assessing relevant scholarly studies as well as enhance the written presentation of their research goals, methodologies, and results. In addition they will learn to assess the effectiveness of the written work of their peers and learn to respond to the critical remarks they may receive. Another important learning outcome is developing skills in presenting (“selling”) their research and abilities to a broader public representing potential employers. The nature of this broader public is naturally dependent on the variety of cultural environments they may encounter during the course of their working lives.
Graded assessment will be based on:
written work: submitted parts of the prospectus (50%)
comments on presentations and class participation (25%)