While you are writing

Locating information, and what resources the department has on offer to aid you in this

In addition to supervision and seminars, the department supplies some supplementary resources. Some good advice on how to proceed is available in “The Art of Writing and Speaking”. It is a good idea to utilise the skills and literature you acquired during the methodology courses. There are also some methods courses on hand, which are specifically designed for the writing process.

Finding good information is essential to writing a good thesis. There is useful information in this regard in “The Art of Finding Information”, as well as some useful recommendation on methodological literature. 

Ethical Guidelines and Personal Information in the Thesis

When your thesis is examined, it is published online in the open access database LUP Student Publications. There is more information about this process in the section about handing in your thesis. The publishing of information about individuals is regulated in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You as an author need to reflect on what type of information there is in your thesis about individuals.

According to GDPR, it is illegal to publish names, civic registration numbers or other information which points to a specific individual without permission, unless the information is viewed as harmless. In practice, you do not have to obtain permission to reference the work of scholars or other published sources, nor do you need permission to mention politicians or other public figures by name.

GDPR is mainly relevant if you are working with interviews. It is important to come to an agreement with interviewees, you need to inform them that the thesis will be published online and any other way you are planning to use your text. If you are not granted permission to publish the interviewees name online, it is illegal to do so. There are of course a number of ethical rules with regard to qualitative interviews. More information about this is available in, e.g. Bryman, A, 2008. Social Research Methods (Oxford University Press).

Additional Information

There is information about how to search for information in databases, catalogues and ordering books from other libraries on the University Library Website. The library also provides a substantial number of books, periodicals and theses in printed form. Reading the work of other students is a good way of finding inspiration for your own project.

More recent theses are available in LUP Student Publications, where you can search among all of the published works.

The Department of Political Science also has a collection of links related to the subject from different points of view.