General Description

This is the central obligatory course in the Master of Logic programme. Through a series of guest lectures, the course provides an overview of the different research areas that are being pursued at the ILLC. It also provides a place to meet for all the new MoL students.

  • CoordinatorMaria Aloni
  • Teaching Assistants: Laura Aina and Zoi Terzopoulou (first period) & Nadine Theiler (second period)
  • Timetable: Mondays 17-19 in room SP A1.10 [new location]
Guest Lectures. Each week a different member of staff of the ILLC will give a guest lecture (see the Schedule). This will provide you with a good overview of the kind of research taking place at the institute and should be helpful in terms of deciding what specialised courses to take later on, what seminars to attend, whom to approach for supervision of individual projects and eventually your thesis, and more generally what research area(s) to get involved in. You will be asked to write summaries of these guest lectures of 150-200 words each and to assess and give feedback to the summaries of the first two lectures of fellow students. Here you can find detailed instructions on how to write a summary for a guest lecture. Here is an example of a good summary from last years.

Research Meetings. Over the course of the semester you have to arrange two research meetings: one with a member of the scientific staff of the ILLC to discuss one of their (recent) papers with them, and one with a PhD student at the institute to discuss their thesis research with them. This will give you some insight into what it is like to do research and what it is like to be a PhD student. The list of members of staff who have volunteered to take part in this exercise (and their papers) can be found here. The list of PhD students at the ILLC is available here; you are welcome to try contacting anyone of them. Each meeting should take around one hour. You should prepare well for these meetings, by reading the paper in question (for the staff meetings) and by thinking of some issues to discuss and questions to ask. After each meeting you have to hand in a research report of up to 300 words (150 words on the paper/thesis and 150 words on the meeting itself). It is your responsibility to arrange these meetings and to do so in good time for you to meet the deadlines. Keep in mind that some people may decline your request and that they may not always be around or have time to meet you. 

Grading. Each individual piece of work will be graded as either good, pass, or fail, taking into account both content and style. Your overall grade for the course will be either pass or fail. To pass the course, you must receive (at least) a pass grade on (at least) eight summaries and you must receive (at least) a pass grade on both research reports.

Deadlines. Summaries must be submitted via Blackboard on the Monday after the lecture. Your first research report must be submitted via Blackboard by Monday, 31 October 2016. Your second research report must be submitted via Blackboard by Monday, 5 December 2016.