Academic Skills for Finalists

Birgit Peterson
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2023S, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04500


This lecture shall support finalists of the CDS Program in their thesis writing process.

For this purpose, we provide topic specific seminar blocks, focused on the most important academic working, reading and writing strategies for their specific working phase of their thesis-writing process. The aim is, to provide feedback on their actual status and drafts, and feed forward for their next steps in sharpening their focus for the critical issues of the next working phase.

Furthermore this seminar should be a save space for exchange and discussing students individual problems with their thesis and their thesis writing process.

Our topics are:

21.03.   A good Expose as a guideline for your writing process: How to narrow your topic, sharpen your specific research question or aim, and structure your thesis project

18.04.   Kick-off: get started with putting your thesis zero draft down! Writing and reading and citation strategies; how to  make your thesis working plan more efficient

02.05.: Finish your Zeo draft and your practical work and get a “shitty first draft” on paper.

O9.05.: Feedback on your 1st draft: Revision of content and macro structure

16.05.   Feedback on your Advanced draft: How to improve micro structure, argument and academic language

23.05.   Feedback on your last draft: How to refine your style and fulfil formal requirements

Examination Modalities

For participation in one seminar and handing in the required work for this specific seminar (always parts of the thesis workind process) students will get a B, if they participate in more than two lectures and fulfill the connected assignments, they will get an A.

Key Words

thesis, writing


21 March 2023, 09:00–13:00 CDS Lecture Room
18 April 2023, 09:00–13:00 CDS Lecture Room
02 May 2023, 09:00–13:00 CDS Lecture Room
09 May 2023, 09:00–13:00 CDS Lecture Room
16 May 2023, 09:00–13:00 CDS Lecture Room
23 May 2023, 10:00–12:00 CDS Seminar Room

Course Enrolment

From 09 March 2023, 09:00 to 21 March 2023, 08:50
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas: Study Area 5: Communication and Cooperation Strategies 569/020.05

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Elective Field: only students without a bachelor's degree in CDS: from Study Areas 1-6 569/080.10

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Global Challenges and Cross-Disciplinary Capabilities: Concluding: Courses for deepening / complementing the bachelor's thesis 700/005.35

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible