Supervision of Bachelor’s theses
The IGN offers supervision for Bachelor theses which fall into the thematic range of the Institute’s research expertise.
If you are interested, please make sure that you have successfully completed the following courses:
The course “Academic Research Techniques” (Grundlagen wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens) (required)
One course offered by an IGN member (e.g. ZuWi II, Kapitalismus & Kritik etc.)
Students of the BA Wirtschaftsrecht are also eligible to write their BA theses at the Institute for Social Change and Sustainability, as long as the thesis topic resonates with the topics of their BA programme.
In terms of academic sub-disciplines, Bachelor theses at the IGN normally fall into the following research areas:
Theory of Modern Society
Social Movement Research
Actor Analysis and Political Party Research
Possible research topics include, for example:
Social movements & political parties
Democratic systems and sustainability
Social networks & collaboration
To get a better understanding of the IGN’s research areas and approaches you may also refer to our academic profile.
Thesis Proposal and Supervision Agreement
If your envisaged topic matches the research interests of the IGN, you may submit a proposal. Please follow the Institute’s guidelines regarding structure and content of the proposal.
Once completed, please send your proposal to Michael Deflorian, the Institute’s Bachelor thesis coordinator. He will check your proposal and, if approved, forward it to a suitable IGN supervisor.
The allocated supervisor will then arrange a first supervision meeting, during which he or she will discuss your topic and its realization in more detail. Only then you will receive your supervision agreement. As a matter of principle, supervision agreements will be valid for four months (starting from the date of the acceptance)!
When planning your thesis writing, please notice:
According to our experience, students need four to five months from their first idea to the submission of their thesis. Especially concerning deadlines for MA programmes, keep in mind that:
Theses that are submitted after 30th of November are unlikely to be marked before the end of January
These that are submitted after 15th of July are unlikely to be marked before the end of September
Mode of Supervision and Language
The supervision will take place via regular supervision meetings.
Considering future applications for international jobs or MA programmes, we also offer students the opportunity to write their thesis in English.
Special Supervision Offer until June 7th!
For the time of her stay, guest researcher Dr. Ülkü Güney offers her supervision expertise on a number of interesting topics. Students must signal their interest by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 7th. Since Mrs. Güney will leave the WU by August 31st, BA theses will have to be finished by this date. BA Theses can be written and supervised in German or in English.
Students may choose from three topics:
I. Local ecology movements and cultural identity.
Globally, there are many local protests and movements against ecological destruction of the environment through big companies or through governments. People organise locally and defend their immediate natural resources such as water, land, forest etc, which are essential for them. However, these community-based protests remain local and are not linked to the national or global environmental movements.
This may raise the following questions:
How do local people justify their resistance against the change of their environment?
What are the primary motives behind their protest (ecological? political? cultural? social?)
What is the role of local identity within the arguments against the seizure of local natural resources?
II. Cities, cultural non-sustainability and forced migration
The destruction/restructuring of neighbourhoods (cities) is often accompanied by involuntary/forced migration of the residents. This process has a de-territorialising effect on culture, transforming the cultural identity and belongingness of the people. Accordingly, they develop new strategies to cope with this change.
This may lead us to following questions:
What are the effects of the destruction/restructuring of neighbourhoods on the local community?
How does this affect the self-understanding (cultural identity) of the residents?
What kind of strategies do they develop for self-empowerment to cope with the situation?
III. Migration, neoliberal urbanization and participation
The culture of urban spaces is continuously transformed through migration. Accordingly, there is a strong relationship between public spaces, cultural memory, migration as well as citizenship.
What are the ways of migratory participation in the cultural heritage of cities?
How do migratory processes in the city contribute to the historical continuity of cultural memory?
When we think of cultural heritage as an expression of identity, how can we make sense of cultural diversity in cities?
What are the effects of erasing memories of urban places on cities’ cultural sustainability?
IGN Best Dissertation Award
Once a year the Institute for Social Change and Sustainability (IGN) grants the IGN Best Dissertation Award to a Bachelor’s student.
The aim of the IGN Best Dissertation Award is to
Foster the interest of WU students in the social-scientific research of sustainability issues
Encourage students to engage with topics that are central to the research of the IGN
Collect dissertations that can serve as best-practice examples for the teaching of academic writing
Motivate early stage researchers to continue their academic work in suitable MA programmes and beyond
The award consists of a bookvoucher and the publication of the thesis on the IGN website. Considered will be dissertations that are submitted until September 30th every year. The award winning thesis will be selected by a jury comprised of researchers at the IGN.
The decision will be based on the following criteria:
The thesis clearly deals with current research topics of the IGN
The thesis demonstrates social-scientific craftsmanship, especially in terms of stating a research problem, formulating concrete research questions and addressing them in a systematic manner
The thesis proves intellectual originality, and innovative skills of analysis and argumentation
The thesis is marked with “Very Good”
Recipients will be awarded during an academic event of the IGN in the autumn of every year.