Ideas for the master's thesis

Do you need ideas for an exciting and relevant topic for your Master’s thesis?

Or are you unsure of what projects to choose?

On the homepage of the AU Library at Bartholins Allé, you can search specifically for Master’s theses from the Department of Political Science. Master’s theses from 1963-2007 are available in print copies and can be borrowed from the library. From 2008 and onwards, the Master’s theses can be downloaded as a full text PDF-files. You can also search for Master’s theses from the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen.

Ideas for the Master's thesis (by the department)

Corruption in South Africa: Anti-corruption agencies/efforts and/or society

Corruption is endemic in South Africa and identified as one of the most important hindrances for development, equality and state capacity.

Task forces and anti-corruption agencies have been set up both at federal and regional level. However, corruption persist despite political support – question mark -  and the efforts of the agencies. Why is it so difficult to control corruption? Is it a question of what they do or who they are?

One, two or three theses can depart from either this observation in explaining why anti-corruption fails or discuss if societal differences and culture matter. A thesis can either link corruption to causes or consequences. Comparative analysis (e.g. regions and federal level), applying surveys or extending the comparison to other African countries is possible.

The supervisor will assist with a contact person in South Africa who offers help with identifying and approaching interviewees making it possible to interview several high-ranking officials within political parties, administration (anti-corruption agencies) and academia. Access to empirical material in the form of surveys (Afrobarometer, South African surveys etc.) exits. It is therefore possible to use quantitative and qualitative methods – or a combination thereof (nested analysis) if two students decide to write together.

Prospective students must be ambitious and the theses naturally written in English.

Supervisor: Lars Johannsen