SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Independent Study Project in Japanese Language and Culture

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Year 4
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Full Year

A full unit essay on an approved topic in Japanese studies. 

Students will present a seminar paper on their topic during the second term. After preliminary reading on a topic of their interest, students wishing to take this course are required to approach the course convenor in order to discuss the range and nature of their proposed topic and gain approval for supervision. This should preferably be done in Term 3 of the academic year before that in which the ISP is to be undertaken. 

For topics falling outside the Section, a staff member with expertise on Japan outside the section may be approached (in consultation with the Section)

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The focus of the project should be agreed with the course convenor and the prospective supervisor. Supervision of up to ten hours will be provided by the supervisor and will include advice on research methodologies, basic advice on reference sources and the structure and content of the project. The main purpose of this study project is to increase knowledge in specific areas in Japanese language and culture, and to enhance skills in undertaking and writing up independent research.

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.


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

Method of assessment

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

Suggested reading

A reading list will be determined by the choice of topic.


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