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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Independent Study Project in Korean Language and Culture

Course Code:
155900795
Unit value:
1
Year of study:
Year 4
Taught in:
Full Year

An ISP is a 1 unit value course examined by the submission of one essay (in English) of 10,000 words on an approved topic in Korean studies of the student’s choice. This fourth-year course is the culmination of the research and writing training provided throughout the BA Korean programme (Year 1: coursework essays for “Culture and Society in 20th Century Korea”; Year 2: year abroad project; Years 3 and 4: coursework essays for individual course units).

Students are strongly advised to start their planning for an ISP in Term 2 of the academic year before that in which the ISP is to be undertaken.

Procedure for Approval of ISP Topic and Title, and Appointment of Supervisor

Students wishing to take this course are required to submit to the course convenor a working title and a synopsis of 300 to 500 words of the proposed topic of the ISP as early as possible. Upon the approval of the topic, the student will be appointed a supervisor. For topics falling outside the areas of expertise of Korean Section staff members, a supervisor from another Department may be appointed in consultation with relevant members of staff.
After consultation with their supervisor, students must complete and hand in the ISP / Extended Essay Registration Form to the Faculty Office by no later than the deadline for the submission of the course unit registration form (the last day of teaching week 2 of Term 1). The form is available from the Faculty Office.

Contact Hours of Supervision and Required Reading

Students are allowed a maximum of 10 contact hours of individual supervision for an ISP, spread over the academic year. Required reading will be as directed by the supervisor.

Length and Preparation for Submission
  • The length of an ISP should be 10,000 words including footnotes, but excluding captions, bibliography, and appendices of original course materials.
  • ISP's must be word processed or typewritten, and include a bibliography of works cited.
  • Two copies of the ISP must be submitted.
  • Students must attach the plagiarism declaration (see Undergraduate Handbook) to the front of one of the copies.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The learning outcomes will depend on research topic. However, the objective of the project generally speaking should be to enable students to develop research skills consonant with the requirements of professional research in the field of the Japanese language and culture.

Workload

Students are allowed a maximum of 10 contact hours of individual supervision for an ISP, spread over the academic year. Required reading will be as directed by the supervisor.

Method of assessment

One 10,000 word essay (in English) due Friday week 1, term 3 (100%).

Suggested reading

As directed by your supervisor.