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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Independent study project in African studies

Course Code:
155900763
Unit value:
1
Year of study:
Year 3
Taught in:
Full Year
A 10,000 word essay on any approved topic in African studies. Normally research for this project will be based on primary source materials (and field research, if possible). The project is undertaken under the supervision of a teacher who must approve the topic before research is begun and who will supervise its progress. The topic must be presented and approved in the summer term of the student’s 2nd/3rd year so that research can begin during the summer vacation. The final essay is due for submission on day 1 of week 1 of Term 3 of the student’s final (3rd/4th) year. Students doing an Independent study project may be required to participate in relevant seminar classes. Students will normally have attained a mark of 60% or above in an appropriate disciplinary course in the previous session at SOAS.

Prerequisites

Students will normally have attained a mark of 60% or above in an appropriate disciplinary course in the previous session at SOAS.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The objective of the course is to provide the students with advanced training in academic research and writing. This final year unit is the culmination of the research and writing training provided throughout the BA in African Studies.

At the end of a course, a student should be able to demonstrate clear evidence of undertaking a detailed supervised study of a topic in African Studies. 

Workload

A maximum of ten hours’ supervision over the academic year.

Scope and syllabus

A 10,000 word essay on any approved topic in African studies. Normally research for this project will be based on primary source materials (and field research, if possible). The project is undertaken under the supervision of a teacher who must approve the topic before research is begun and who will supervise its progress. The topic must be presented and approved in the summer term of the student’s 2nd/3rd year so that research can begin during the summer vacation.  Students doing an Independent study project may be required to participate in relevant seminar classes.

Method of assessment

One 10,000 word essay (100%) to be submitted in typewritten form in duplicate to the Faculty Office on day 5, week 1, term 3.

Suggested reading

Advice on reading material will be given to you by your supervisor.