Instructions for writing an essay

What is an essay?

An essay is a short thesis that discusses the chosen topic on the basis of more than one book or scientific article. It is not, therefore, a book reviewer of the course book or books. Essay is a form of self-study that provides an opportunity to acquire new knowledge and deepen the existing understanding of the key themes of the subject.

Essays can be performed in history as specialization studies in subject studies and advanced studies, content-based courses that are independently conducted in ethnology.

The essay theme, sources, scope, layout, source entries and schedule are always agreed separately with the course examiner.

How to build an essay?

The essay is more free in style and structure than a scientific article. However, the text should proceed systematically, with emphasis on the whole. According to the content, the essay is structured into chapters that are labeled. The most typical way to write an essay is:

1) An introductory chapter that introduces a topic or research question, gives a brief background to the topic, presents the perspective and delimits the discussion.

2) the actual processing section, the structure of which depends on the selected point of view

3) Ending, where the writer compiles key points, develops the thoughts further, contemplates the meaning of the matter, etc.

Credits and shape

At the beginning of the essay, the name, contact information (e-mail address), date, course in which the essay is conducted and the number of credits are indicated.

The number of pages depends on the assignment, the chosen point of view and the scope and method of reading the literature. Unless otherwise agreed with the examiner, one credit corresponds to approximately three pages of text.

In design it is good to follow the instructions that are distributed at the Bachelor’s Seminar or Master’s Seminar. The sources used are also marked in the same way as in the seminar papers: both the footnotes and the bibliography.

The size of the font (eg Times New Roman) is usually 12 pt in the actual text and 10pt in the references. All margins are about 2.5–3 cm. The line spacing is in text 1.5, in references and in the source list 1.

Footnotes are written uniformly, usually in the form of the author’s surname, Publication Year and page numbers. When referring to several different factors, they are separated by a semicolon.

Literature list includes literature Bibliographic information showing the author, Year of publication, title of the work / article, other identification (for example, where published, potential journalists, volume / vintage and number), possible scientific series where published, Publication site and publisher, and page numbers for the article .

Essay Evaluation

The essay is evaluated on the assessment scale marked in the curriculum of the course (usually 0-5).