EUR3415 - Research and Project Planning


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

How to conduct research on European integration, the EU and European relations after 1945? What sources are available and where? How to write a research design and thesis proposal? How to identify and use suitable methods and theories in the thesis? How to organize the work on the MA thesis? This course will provide detailed answers to these important questions. It will provide students with an overview of recent research and trends within European Studies, and enhance student’s knowledge about and awareness of how research in European Studies is conducted and carried out, especially with regards to the use of sources and methodological/theoretical approaches. The course will strengthen student’s ability to successfully research and write their master thesis project. It includes lectures to familiarize students with research ethics, relevant categories of sources for European Studies, as well as significant methods of presenting relevant research.

Learning outcome

Students will
- understand what is required for writing a larger, research-based academic work.
- be familiar with current research ethical guidelines and have an overview of relevant categories of sources.
- have a thorough knowledge of recent research in key areas of European integration, the European Union and European relations after 1945.
- have gained insights into how to conceptualize their MA thesis topic, plan and carry out the research necessary for writing up the MA thesis.

Students will be able to
- identify and critically analyse various types of sources,
- participate actively in discussions about the contents of texts/projects that are dealt with in the course,
- identify and use methods, theories, and sources in their MA thesis project,
- write a research design and project description,
- present their project to peers.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oral presentation

Further on evaluation

Obligatory oral presentation and final research proposal.

Exam registration requires that class registration and compulsory assignments are approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from a previous semester may be approved by the department.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
European Studies (MEUROPA)
European Studies (MEURSTUD)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the Master's programme in European Studies/masterprogrammet i Europastudier.

Course materials

Available at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
EUR3410 7.5 2014-09-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100


Spring ORD Assignment 100/100
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