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Course module: 201800140
Thesis Based on Existing Data Youth Studies
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Course code201800140
ECTS Credits15
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeMaster thesis
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Graduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Youth Studies;
Contact persondr. R.J.J.M. van den Eijnden
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prof. dr. T.F.M. ter Bogt
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dr. R.J.J.M. van den Eijnden
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dr. R.J.J.M. van den Eijnden
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prof. dr. C. Finkenauer
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Teaching period
3-4  (03/02/2020 to 28/06/2020)
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After completing the course Master’s Thesis Youth Studies: Thesis based on Existing Data (TED) students will have the ability to: (1) develop a theoretically-based research question; (2) provide a coherent literature review outlining the results of previous studies;  (3) approach a social issue from an interdisciplinary perspective; (4) apply methodological and analytical skills in order to analyse data in a scientifically sound manner as well as report on the results; (5) present these written results in an accessible manner; (6) discuss these results in relation to interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical arguments; (7) identify the strengths and weaknesses evident in their own research; and (8) identify and outline the research and policy implications of their research.
If a student chooses this version of the Master’s Thesis Youth Studies, the end product will be a thesis (15 ECTS) based on existing data provided by the Department of ISS(Interdisciplinary Social Science) or the internship organisation. The student will research a social issue related to a theme in the domain of Youth Studies. Students will work together in project groups of up to six students who all have chosen the same overarching theme. The student will research one of the Youth Studies themes under the guidance of a supervisor. The student will conduct individual research aiming to answer a scientifically and/or practically relevant research question using existing data. The research project must be interdisciplinary and social-scientific, integrating behavioural and social science concepts into a single, coherent theoretical perspective or model. Students will learn to analyse existing data and to report on their results in a scientific manner. Data analysis and reporting will result in a scientific article. The end product (the article) is always an individual product. In addition, students need to perform 60 hours of research activities for the benefit of research conducted by ISS. It is only possible to make use of data from the internship organisation if these are high-quality data that the student can use to answer his or her research question. Students wishing to use data from the internship organisation (or from another external institution) must submit a written request that includes a description of the research data to the supervising lecturer and course coordinator of their Master's programme that includes a description of the data to be used..
In this course, students will continue with the research to be conducted for the thesis and this will result in an individual thesis and a presentation.
Format: Students work together in project groups of up to six students. This way of working aims to encourage discussion when developing the master thesis design; to accompany the substantive exchange of theoretical findings and research results; to maintain contact between students, and to help the students finish their projects on time. Project group meetings will be organised to give students the opportunity to discuss the progress of their thesis with their supervisor and fellow students.
Academic skills: Presenting and evaluating result research, cooperation with other students, giving peer review, reporting on research, developing research skills (general).
Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Enrolled for a degree programme of faculty Faculty of Social Sciences

You must also meet all of the following sets of requirements
  • Collection 1
    • At least 1 of the courses below must have been passed
      • Interventions and Policies I (201700150)
      • Interventions and Policies II (201700152)
  • Collection 2
    • Completed all course modules listed below
      • MA: Key Issues in the Study of Youth (201700121)
Required materials
To be decided by teacher
Instructional formats
Computer practical

Individual assignment

Class session preparation
Each time the group meets, agreements will be made about what is expected from the participants for the next session. These agreements relate to the activities for each of the various phases of the master’s thesis.

Contribution to group work
Students are expected to come to the project group sessions well prepared. Before each session, students will hand in (draft) papers relating to their master’s thesis. Students will contribute to the project group's work by brainstorming and working with thinking along with other members of the group as well as providing and giving them feedback to group members and making suggestions with regards to their work.



Small-group session Thesis

Research activities
Test weight0
Minimum grade-

Master's thesis
Test weight50
Minimum grade5.5

See “Content" below.

): The course guide includes the deadlines for the various phases and components of the master's thesis. Students may only deviate from these deadlines this deadline with the permission of their supervisor and the course coordinator.

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