Academic Skills for Finalists

Birgit Peterson
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2024S, 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:

- 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

-Kick-off: get started with putting your thesis zero draft down! Writing and reading and citation

-Finish your Zero draft and your practical work and get a “shitty first draft” on paper.

- Feedback on your 1st draft: Revision of content and macro structure

-Feedback on your Advanced draft:
How to improve micro structure, argument and academic language.
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 working process) students will get a 4, if they participate in two  lectures a 3, in three sessions a 2 and if they are there in more than three lectures and fulfill the connected assignments, they will get a 1.



20 March 2024, 09:30–12:30 CDS Seminar Room
17 April 2024, 09:30–12:30
24 April 2024, 09:30–13:30
15 May 2024, 09:30–13:30
22 May 2024, 09:30–13:00
05 June 2024, 09:30–13:30 (preliminary discussion)

Course Enrolment

From 05 February 2024, 00:00
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas 4-6: Study Area 5: Communication and Cooperation Strategies 569/022.05

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