Courses Research Seminar in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility

38170 Research Seminar in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility , 5 sp

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Course description

The course aims to support the writing of the master's thesis in the major subject. During the course you receive support and individual counseling from your thesis supervisor for producing a thesis. You also get feedback from your co-students when presenting your own master thesis project in your seminar group. The course contains individual counselling and group discussions. During the course you will partly work on your own thesis, partly review and comment your co-student’s thesis projects.

Read more about the master’s thesis on the web.

Learning Goal

You have the skills to independently plan, complete, present and evaluate scientific research projects.

After completing the course, you will be able to
  • identify and formulate a suitable research problem and purpose
  • identify, assess and present relevant literature/research within the chosen field of research
  • argue for the chosen scientific approach, research method and data
  • orally and in writing conduct a scientific argumentation
  • analyze, discuss and provide constructive feedback on others' research plans and ongoing research projects
Additional Information

Some methods or topics may require ethical review by Hanken’s Ethics Committee. In Moodle and schema, the course is shown together with course 38160 / Seminarium.

Discuss your intended thesis topic with the examiner during November if taking the course in the spring, and during June if taking the course in the fall.

Target Group

Only Hanken master's degree students within the Humanitarian Logistics track. SCM&SR students, please enrol in the course 38160 instead.


BSc degree, both mandatory methods courses (23113 Qualitative Research Methods in Business Studies and 3613 Multivariate Data Analysis), min. 15 ECTS advanced level studies in SCM&SR (content courses, i.e. not Internship / Voluntary Work). You will need to have completed all pre-requisites prior to enrolling in this course.


Seminars and counselling. Mandatory attendance in accordance with the course programme.

Total Student Workload

134 hours divided into
Scheduled (contact) hours: 15-35 h
Non-scheduled work: 99-119 h

Recommended Time of Performance

The seminar course is generally to be started in the Autumn semester during the second year of your master’s studies. Students who wish to proceed faster in their studies can start the seminar course in the Spring semester during their first study year.

The courses Academic Writing: Apprentice Level (51003, 2 cr) and Mastering Academic Writing (51004, 3 cr) support the thesis writing and are recommended to be taken simultaneously with the seminar course.

If the major subject studies include more than 5 credits method courses, the additional 5 credits can be taken simultaneously with the seminar course. At least 5 credits method courses need to be completed before taking the seminar course. However, for students with SCM & SR / humanitarian logistics as major it is strongly recommended that all 10 credits are completed before starting the seminar course.


Work in relation to own project (seminar paper, presentation, process) 40 %
Work in relation to co-student’s projects (opponens, discussion, activity) 60 %

  • Fisher, C. M. (2010). Researching and writing a dissertation: The essential guidebook for business students. Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall. (2010 eller nyare)
  • Belcher, W. L. (2009). Writing your journal article in 12 weeks: A guide to academic publishing success. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE Publications.

Students who have completed the earlier seminar course as 12 credits cannot take this course, nor students who have completed the earlier 6 credits masters course for B&M.