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9.12.2019 at 09:00 - 17.1.2020 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Fri 17.1.2020
09:15 - 11:45
Fri 13.3.2020
09:15 - 11:45
Fri 20.3.2020
09:15 - 11:45
Fri 27.3.2020
09:15 - 11:45
Fri 3.4.2020
09:15 - 11:45
Fri 17.4.2020
09:15 - 11:45
Fri 24.4.2020
09:15 - 11:45


Compulsory course

Geography programme is responsible for the course


The course is not available to students from other degree programmes


Student learns how to write a scientific seminar paper and how to put together a scientific presentation on a given topic. Students develop their capacities to participate in scholarly discussion and communicate their findings visually, graphically, orally and in a written form. They are able to pose relevant geographical research questions, and understand some of the basics of the role of theory, methods and data as part of the research process.

The aim the course GEOG-H388 is to provide a strong path for master's students to work on their thesis. The seminar carried out by completing the following tasks in consecutive order starting from period I (III / of the Running Study Year – first time in 2018).

The recommended time for completion is during 1. and 2. year of M.Sc. Studies

First study year, on 3rd and 4th period

Second study year, on 1st and 2nd period

Student writes two seminar papers of his/hers M.Sc. thesis topic and presents it in seminar.

The grading of the seminar is based on the following criteria: Seminar paper (50 %), presentation (30 %), participation (20 %). Grading: 0-5.

Seminar paper, presentation and active participation of discussions.

Seminar period I (1st year, 3rd period)

- first meeting to discuss and decide upon the schedule, and the topics of each student

- final titles of each paper and presentation will be defined while working on the seminar paper, the oral presentation, and the master's thesis­ itself

- agreeing upon who will serve as the student opponent for each paper and oral presentation

- submitting by the end for the first period a short paper describing the methods to be applied in the forthcoming master's thesis

- based on original publications with examples of successful use of the methods in other research projects

- the methods paper will be commented by the professors conducting the seminar

- preferred file format is either .pdf or .rtf

Period II (1st year, 4th period)

- writing and presenting the research plan for the master's thesis

- in practice this is carried out at the same time when working on the methods paper and oral presentation of the research plan

- discussing the research plan as the student opponent after presentation

- preferred file format is either .pdf or .rtf

Period III (2nd year, 1st period)

-working on the seminar paper (and master's thesis)

- consulting with one's supervisor when necessary

- preparing the oral presentation

- preparing to discuss the seminar paper and oral presentation as the student opponent

Period IV (2nd year, 2nd period)

- submitting the seminar paper

- giving oral presentation on the seminar

- discussing the paper and the presentation as the student opponent

- preferred file format is either .pdf or .rtf