Thesis Research Design Seminar

Wives of political prisoners standing in a crowd with protest signs and an American flag.
Wives of political prisoners who are protesting with children, Washington, DC, 1922. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [reproduction number, LC-USZ6-1820 (b&w film copy neg.)])


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Fall 2004



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Course Description

This seminar is for students who plan to write a senior thesis in Political Science, and is required of all MIT Political Science majors. Seminar participants will develop their research topics, review relevant research and scholarship, frame their research questions and arguments, choose an appropriate methodology for analysis, draft the introductory and methodology sections of their theses, and write a complete prospectus of the project.

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Roger Petersen. 17.THT Thesis Research Design Seminar. Fall 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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