Courses 2011 - 2012
LAW B558 Doctoral Thesis Seminar
Credits: 2-10, Variable
The PhD in Asian and Comparative Law is a program offering unique to the University of Washington School of Law. Within North America, Asia and Europe it is regarded as the peak qualification in the field of Asian Law and an important credential for teaching and practice. This seminar prepares intending and currently enrolled PhD candidates for the thesis aspect of their program by systematically modeling how to construct research questions, how to develop a hypothesis and narrative that will sustain a book-length manuscript and how to organize material and develop argumentation around subsidiary questions in the thesis. Questions of US thesis style, national differences in writing genres and efficient ways to organize sources and referencing are also covered. Students in this seminar will draft and redraft and draft again their thesis abstracts, tables of contents and preliminary chapters (particularly if based on an existing research paper). They will present their arguments orally to the group and will identify core theories and applied studies that they wish to incorporate in their own work. The group will read a selection of published work and indicative articles drawn from the list of relevant sources for each person's thesis-in-development.