In your exam paper, you must explain your choice of topic and clarify how it relates to the host institution and its activities. The main part of the paper, however, is an academic analysis, in which you draw on literature, themes, theories, and methods learned during your first two semesters at the MA program. This does not mean that you must include elements from all courses. Your task is to select the acquired tools most relevant for doing the concrete analysis of the topic chosen by you. This selection is part of the process and has to be discussed with your supervisor. We strongly recommend that you select a narrow, well-defined topic and consult your supervisor about the outline of your paper. To the extent that your analysis points towards your MA thesis, you may include reflections on this linkage.
At the Department, we typically offer three meetings with your supervisor for the project placement: one shortly after you have begun work at your host institution; one halfway through the process; and one a few weeks before the submission deadline set in the examination plan. These three meetings will typically be online. The meetings must focus on both elements of your submission: that is the thesis assignment and the exam paper.