OKTEM Kerem Halil-Latif

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Professore Associato
E-mail
kerem.oktem@unive.it
SSD
SCIENZA POLITICA [SPS/04]
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www.unive.it/persone/kerem.oktem (scheda personale)
Struttura
Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati
Sito web struttura: https://www.unive.it/dslcc
Sede: Ca' Bernardo

Pubblicato il 26/11/2021

MA thesis supervision

If you are considering writing your MA thesis with me as your supervisor, please consider the following points carefully before contacting me.

  1. A supervision relationship can only be effective if the supervisor has the expertise to supervise your research! Please familiarise yourself with my academic profile and my publications to get a sense of the topics and regions I work on and the approaches I follow.
  2. Writing a thesis is a veritable commitment. This is why you need to think about the scale and scope of it beforehand. Before contacting me, clarify for yourself -as good as you can- what you would like to work on. You need to have a clear understanding of what it is that you want to dedicate a lot of time to in the next few months. 
  3. You will remember this from the "methods and concepts class": At the core of academic research is an analytical concern expressed through research questions, hypotheses or arguments. Simple description does usually not qualify as academic work. When you start thinking about your thesis, it is not sufficient to be just ‘interested’ in a theme. You have to have a question that is connected to a real-life situation. In short, rather than a general theme of interest, you will need a clear research question that, in addition, has some relevance for the fields of Political Science and International Relations.
  4. As you know, there are many methodologies and approaches in the field, with different conventions in terms of data collection, analysis and presentation. My own approach to research is shaped by a social constructivist framework, an interest in examining critically relationships of domination, qualitative methods including ethnographic approaches and participant observation, interviews and critical text/discourse analysis. As I was educated in a strong area studies tradition, I find particularly insightful case study approaches (mostly single case studies and small-n comparative case studies) which are contextualised well. Importantly, I believe that MA students should engage with real-life issues and collect insights not only from desk research, but from fieldwork in institutions, in different regions and countries, and among people. Rather than examining, in an abstract fashion, theories of migration, for instance, I would like you to go out in the field and do interviews with migrants in your neighbourhood and discuss their experiences in the context of the relevant theoretical approaches.
  5. With these prior points in mind, please prepare a two-page proposal with the following components (see below) before contacting me.
  6. Based on this proposal, I will decide whether I can act as supervisor of your thesis or whether we need to think about alternatives.
  7. In case we agree on a supervision relationship, there will be three supervision meetings in person or online. 
  • At the first meeting at the beginning, we will set the framework for the thesis. 
  • The second meeting after you have completed your primary research will be dedicated to support you in structuring the analysis. 
  • The final meeting will take place after you have submitted your thesis to me and after I have read it in detail. I will not read and comment on individual chapters, but I will read the entire thesis at this point.

Proposal for an MA thesis project

Please find below the most important components of your thesis proposal. You do not have to have the final answers to all of these points/questions, but you should be able to demonstrate that you have thought about them in detail.

1. Research question/Hypothesis/Argument 

What is the big issue that you wish to engage with? 

Is it relevant and, if yes, for whom?
Has the question you are asking already been answered by others?  If so, you need another one!

What kind of outcomes are you expecting?

Make sure that your question is feasible: It should be neither too abstract, nor too limited. You should be able to answer it with the analysis based on your empirical material. 

2. Context 

Discuss the context: Where does your interest in the issue come from? From literature, from public debates, from your own observations? What is the historical context? How has the issue emerged and developed?

3. Literatures/theoretical approaches

Which important works in terms of theory and context are there? You don’t need to have read them, but you should have a sense of the literature that you can consult once you begin with your work.

4. Approaches/Methods

What are your ontological and epistemological positions? What methodology and research design (case studies) do you wish to use? What kind of methods do you intend to use for data collection as well as analysis?

5. Research design and empirical material

What is the empirical basis of your research (case study in a certain community, place, institution or based on other forms of empirical material)? What kind of data will you gather and then analyse (expert interviews, in-depth interviews, newspaper articles, reports)?

6. Timeline

What is the timeline of your research project from now until completion?

This is also important for you to make sure that your project is feasible, i.e. that you have the necessary time and energy resources to complete your research.

 

 

 

 

Pubblicato il 26/11/2021

MA thesis supervision

If you are considering writing your MA thesis with me as your supervisor, please consider the following points carefully before contacting me.

  1. A supervision relationship can only be effective if the supervisor has the expertise to supervise your research! Please familiarise yourself with my academic profile and my publications to get a sense of the topics and regions I work on and the approaches I follow.
  2. Writing a thesis is a veritable commitment. This is why you need to think about the scale and scope of it beforehand. Before contacting me, clarify for yourself -as good as you can- what you would like to work on. You need to have a clear understanding of what it is that you want to dedicate a lot of time to in the next few months. 
  3. You will remember this from the "methods and concepts class": At the core of academic research is an analytical concern expressed through research questions, hypotheses or arguments. Simple description does usually not qualify as academic work. When you start thinking about your thesis, it is not sufficient to be just ‘interested’ in a theme. You have to have a question that is connected to a real-life situation. In short, rather than a general theme of interest, you will need a clear research question that, in addition, has some relevance for the fields of Political Science and International Relations.
  4. As you know, there are many methodologies and approaches in the field, with different conventions in terms of data collection, analysis and presentation. My own approach to research is shaped by a social constructivist framework, an interest in examining critically relationships of domination, qualitative methods including ethnographic approaches and participant observation, interviews and critical text/discourse analysis. As I was educated in a strong area studies tradition, I find particularly insightful case study approaches (mostly single case studies and small-n comparative case studies) which are contextualised well. Importantly, I believe that MA students should engage with real-life issues and collect insights not only from desk research, but from fieldwork in institutions, in different regions and countries, and among people. Rather than examining, in an abstract fashion, theories of migration, for instance, I would like you to go out in the field and do interviews with migrants in your neighbourhood and discuss their experiences in the context of the relevant theoretical approaches.
  5. With these prior points in mind, please prepare a two-page proposal with the following components (see below) before contacting me.
  6. Based on this proposal, I will decide whether I can act as supervisor of your thesis or whether we need to think about alternatives.
  7. In case we agree on a supervision relationship, there will be three supervision meetings in person or online. 
  • At the first meeting at the beginning, we will set the framework for the thesis. 
  • The second meeting after you have completed your primary research will be dedicated to support you in structuring the analysis. 
  • The final meeting will take place after you have submitted your thesis to me and after I have read it in detail. I will not read and comment on individual chapters, but I will read the entire thesis at this point.

Proposal for an MA thesis project

Please find below the most important components of your thesis proposal. You do not have to have the final answers to all of these points/questions, but you should be able to demonstrate that you have thought about them in detail.

1. Research question/Hypothesis/Argument 

What is the big issue that you wish to engage with? 

Is it relevant and, if yes, for whom?
Has the question you are asking already been answered by others?  If so, you need another one!

What kind of outcomes are you expecting?

Make sure that your question is feasible: It should be neither too abstract, nor too limited. You should be able to answer it with the analysis based on your empirical material. 

2. Context 

Discuss the context: Where does your interest in the issue come from? From literature, from public debates, from your own observations? What is the historical context? How has the issue emerged and developed?

3. Literatures/theoretical approaches

Which important works in terms of theory and context are there? You don’t need to have read them, but you should have a sense of the literature that you can consult once you begin with your work.

4. Approaches/Methods

What are your ontological and epistemological positions? What methodology and research design (case studies) do you wish to use? What kind of methods do you intend to use for data collection as well as analysis?

5. Research design and empirical material

What is the empirical basis of your research (case study in a certain community, place, institution or based on other forms of empirical material)? What kind of data will you gather and then analyse (expert interviews, in-depth interviews, newspaper articles, reports)?

6. Timeline

What is the timeline of your research project from now until completion?

This is also important for you to make sure that your project is feasible, i.e. that you have the necessary time and energy resources to complete your research.

 

 

 

 

Pubblicato il 23/11/2021

My office hours are every Thursday from 2 pm to 4 pm in my office in Ca' Bernardo. Please do send me a mail if you intend to come or if you want to arrange for a Zoom Meeting.

Il mio orario d'ufficio è ogni giovedì dalle 14:00 alle 16:00 (Ca' Bernardo). Per favore mandami una mail se vuoi venire.

 

 

Pubblicato il 22/11/2021

Vi informo che dopo questa settimana, risponderò alle richieste di stage/tirocionio ogni giovedì. / Please be advised that after this week, I will answer requests about stage/tirocinio every Thursday.

Oggetto: RICEVIMENTO STAGE: istruzioni

In ottemperanza alle nuove disposizioni di Dipartimento, si avvertono gli studenti dell curriculum politico-internazionale che anche per l’a.a. 2021/22 il ricevimento stage si svolgerà unicamente a distanza, tramite mail, ma seguendo l’ordine per lettera iniziale di cognome: 

Studenti con cognome A-L: prof. Kerem ÖKTEM

Studenti con cognome M-Z: prof.ssa Stéphanie NOVAK

Tutte le informazioni relative all’attività di Stage/tirocinio si trovano in questa pagina: http://www.unive.it/pag/10356/.Ulteriori chiarimenti sul riconoscimento di attività sostitutive allo stage si trovano in fondo alla stessa pagina (link: https://www.unive.it/pag/31387/)

N.B.: Nel procedimento di tirocinio/stage, Il docente/referente ha come unico compito quello di avallare con la propria firma, in apertura e in chiusura, la congruenza del tirocinio attivato rispetto al percorso formativo del Corso di Laurea triennale. Si fa presente allora, che le attività di stage/tirocinio previste nell’offerta dell’Ateneo sono già calibrate, e perciò in linea di massima congruenti, con i curricula di studi dell’Ateneo stesso

Per tutte le altre informazioni inerenti modalità di attivazione e relativa prassi, offerta Italia ed Estero, tempistichescadenze e tempi amministrativi etc., lo studente tirocinante dovrà fare capo agli uffici amministrativi di Ca' Foscari, ai seguenti indirizzi:

https://www.unive.it/data/strutture/111757;

https://www.unive.it/data/strutture/111758

Qualora lo studente intendesse chiedere comunque un parere al tutor didattico/referente relativamente alla congruenza di un particolare progetto formativo con il proprio curriculum di studi (nel nostro caso, LCSL - curriculum politico-internazionale), lo dovranno fare per mail – li si prega, in tal caso, di essere sintetici nelle loro richieste e di dichiarare nel messaggio il tipo di mansioni che dovranno svolgere, e se è vi previsto l’impiego delle lingue apprese o perfezionate in Ateneo.

TIROCINIO/STAGE CURRICULARE

(svolto tramite convenzione stipulata da Ca’ Foscari)

Gli studenti che intendano ottenere la firma per iniziare l'attività di tirocinio stage, dovranno inviare al docente per mail una scannerizzazione IN FORMATO PDF del loro progetto formativo, già debitamente compilato in tutte le parti, che verrà restituito loro firmato, sempre per mail.

Lo stesso procedimento vale per la firma di chiusura per gli stage effettuati e conclusi: gli studenti sono autorizzati ad inviare per mail al docente una scannerizzazione IN FORMATO PDF della copia completa del progetto formativo munita del registro delle attività e della chiusura stage da parte dell'ente ospitante debitamente compilate – la chiusura stage verrà firmata e restituita loro, sempre per mail.

Si invitano perciò gli studenti a provvedersi delle firme per tempo, e in ogni caso prima dell'interruzione estiva del ricevimento studenti e prima della eventuale partenza dello studente per l'Erasmus. Anche in questo caso, gli studenti dovranno regolarsi tenendo d'occhio gli avvisi personali del referente stage.

Importante: Nel compilare il progetto formativo, particolare attenzione dovrà essere riservata al campo "Obiettivi e modalità del tirocinio", che dovrà fare riferimento anche agli obiettivi formativi dichiarati dal corso di studi. Si avverte altresì che è assolutamente necessario ottenere le tre firme d'avvio sul progetto formativo prima dell'inizio dell'esperienza di tirocinio stage.

 

RICONOSCIMENTI DI ATTIVITA’ SOSTITUTIVE DI TIROCINIO/STAGE

(attività già svolte o da svolgere gestite in proprio, riconoscibili come stage)

Gli studenti potranno richiedere per mail pareri circa la riconoscibilità come sostitutive di tirocinio di attività lavorative svolte in proprio e al di fuori delle procedure stage istituzionali dell'Ateneo – a maggior ragione in questo caso li si prega di essere sintetici nelle loro richieste e di dichiarare il tipo di lavoro che hanno svolto o che dovranno svolgere, e se vi è previsto l’impiego delle lingue apprese o perfezionate in Ateneo.

Si avverte che per essere riconosciuta come stage da 3cfu l’attività lavorativa deve ammontare ad almeno 75 ore – non si effettuano riconoscimenti parziali.

In caso di risposta positiva, i richiedenti dovranno inviare per mail al docente:

  1. il modulo scaricabile qui, debitamente compilato in tutte le sue parti (a mano, poi scannerizzato IN FORMATO PDF). [FORMULARIO attività sostitutiva.pdf]
  2. una dichiarazione in carta intestata della Ditta/Ente dove hanno svolto l'attività di cui domandano il riconoscimento – Il modello/specimen della dichiarazione (file) è allegato a questo avviso personale: si invita a seguire alla lettera le istruzioni (in rosso nel modello) [MODELLO ATTESTATO attività SOSTITUTIVA DI STAGE.pdf]. NB: non si tratta di un formulario da riempire, ma di una ‘traccia’ esemplificativa di una dichiarazione in carta intestata.

NB: in entrambe le certificazioni dovrà essere fatta specifica menzione delle lingue praticate in corso di attività/servizio

In ogni caso si pregano gli studenti di controllare sempre gli avvisi personali dei docenti.

 

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