Bachelor Thesis

To finish the Bachelor's degree programme in Philosophy, a Bachelor's thesis must be written within the framework of a seminar of the elective modules 1-12 (see § 7 of the curriculum). Other courses such as proseminars and lectures are not eligible. The Bachelor's thesis replaces a seminar paper, if any, and its assessment is included in the seminar grade. It corresponds to 10 ECTS, which are added to the 5 ECTS of the seminar.

Students can choose the seminar in question themselves, but need to inform the course director before the end of the seminar in order to discuss the topic and timetable. Since the assessment of the Bachelor's thesis is included in the seminar grade, the course may not have already been graded before the Bachelor's thesis was written.

The length of the Bachelor thesis should be 9000 to 15000 words including bibliography (i.e. 30-50 pages, if one page contains 300 words). It must be submitted to the course director together with an affidavit. The template for the affidavit can be found on this page, along with other forms.

The Bachelor's Thesis Verification Form is filled out by the student and signed by the course director after grading. It can be submitted either by the institute or by the student to the Examinations Office.

A positive assessment of the Bachelor thesis requires correct spelling and correct citation. In case of ambiguities, we recommend the book Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten im Philosophiestudium (UTB) by Flatscher/Posselt/Weiberg in addition to the documents from the SL "Einführung in die Philosophie". The Bachelor's thesis is subject to a plagiarism check by the seminar leader.

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