Thesis Seminar

Course content

The Centre of African Studies runs a Thesis Seminar each semester.  MA students must sign up for the thesis seminar.

The purpose of this seminar is to enhance the student’s focus, skills and confidence in the thesis-writing process. This includes consideration of methodological, theoretical and writing aspects, as well as the provision of substantive feedback on the formulation of ideas and actual written work. A key element of the Thesis Seminar is participation by each student in two feedback/opponent sessions in which written material, directly linked to the thesis itself, is presented and discussed.


The first written ‘paper’ must be between 3,400 and 6,700 characters (including spaces). The paper should provide an overall outline and description of what the thesis is about, including a clearly defined research problem and question, an indication of the proposed thesis structure, and a timetable for the writing process.


The second written paper should be between 15,000 and 30,000 characters (including spaces). This paper has to be a coherent text (not in note form), such as one of the chapters of the thesis.


The written materials are presented in group sessions, and the group members provide detailed and constructive feedback as active ‘opponents’ to one another. The Thesis Seminar is based on active participation and requires that the students both present their own work and that they act as ‘opponents’ in response to other students’ work.


MA programme in African Studies

Learning outcome

The aim is for the student to acquire the following qualifications:

  • Advanced knowledge of a specific area within the field of African Studies.
  • Ability to independently and competently identify and define an issue and to investigate it utilising academic methods and scientific argumentation.
  • Ability to independently search for, select and utilise relevant literature and other material.
  • Ability to independently and confidently analyse the issue in question from a theoretical and methodological point of view.
  • Ability to confidently demonstrate the interdisciplinary methodologies that have been practised throughout the course of study.
  • Ability to communicate academic content clearly and concisely in writing at a high academic level.
  • Ability to complete a comprehensive project within a set time-frame.

In the seminar we use of combination of teaching methods: lecturing, writing exercises/workshops, student opponent sessions on written assignments. The seminar is based on the active participation of students.

The thesis is written in the 4th semester.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Marking scale
Without assessment
Censorship form
No external censorship
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • English
  • 28


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 semester

On selected fridays during the semester - see Absalon for more information
Study board of African Studies
Contracting department
  • African Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Theology
Course Coordinator
  • Karen Jenny Lauterbach   (3-737274487c6d777436737d366c73)

Spring: Toke Andreas Møldrup Wolff

Saved on the 22-11-2023

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