M.A. Pro-Seminar (HIST 500)

2020 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Ferenc Péter Csirkés -fcsirkes@sabanciuniv.edu,
Doctoral, Master
Interactive lecture,Seminar,Group tutorial
Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Task based learning,Guided discovery
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A multi-purpose course that can be used flexibly for a better preparation in research methods and analysis including deepening mastery of the relevant research languages through special readings, whenever necessary. The course also aims to expose students to ethical standarts and rules in research and publishing.


To improve research skills and design an MA thesis proposal


1. Each student is expected to develop her/his research perspective in regard to her/his individual thesis topic.
2. Each student is expected to shape a clear research framework.
3. Each student is expected to determine the necessary group of primary sources necessary for her/his thesis topic.
4. Each student is expected to prepare a realistic research calendar for her/his thesis project.


1. Develop the ability to use critical, analytical, and reflective thinking and reasoning

2. Reflect on social and ethical responsibilities in his/her professional life.

3. Gain experience and confidence in the dissemination of project/research outputs

4. Work responsibly and creatively as an individual or as a member or leader of a team and in multidisciplinary environments.

5. Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English.

6. Independently reach and acquire information, and develop appreciation of the need for continuously learning and updating.

1. Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis.

2. Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level.

3. Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses.

1. Demonstrate command of comparative perspectives, which may include the ability to compare the histories of different societies, or cultures awareness of continuity and change over extended time spans.

2. Construct concepts and theories derived from the humanities and social sciences.

3. Analyze the evidence from the research to support a historical argument for an answer to a research question.

4. Apply a critical perspective to evaluating historical arguments, including the quality of the sources, the validity of the interpretations of those sources, and the soundness of the argument's use of evidence to support a historical interpretation.

5. Develop and sustain historical arguments in a variety of literary forms, formulating appropriate questions and utilizing evidence.


  Percentage (%)
Participation 80
Presentation 20


Optional Readings

Readings according to individual students.