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Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Independent Study Project in South East Asian Studies

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Year of study:
Year 3
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Full Year


Successful completion of year 2 courses.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The objective of the course is to provide the students with training in academic research and writing. At the end of the course the student should be able to talk/write with a high level of knowledge, skill and competence about the topic s/he has chosen to investigate for the purpose of the study project.

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 South East Asian Studies. Candidates research their projects with guidance from an appropriate supervisor. This course will be examined by a project of 10,000 words.


10 hours supervision in total.

Scope and syllabus

An independent study project of 10,000 words on an approved topic in the language/literature/culture/society in one or more countries of the region of study in some depth. It provides the opportunity to seek out information from various sources, but in particular, to use the language of study in a focused way. Essay-writing skills learned in the first and second year of study will be put into practice.

Students taking the ISP must be in contact with the course convenor at the earliest opportunity for help formulating a suitable topic, identifying a supervisor and other support.

Method of assessment

One 10,000 word essay to be submitted by the end of the last day of week 1, term 3.

Suggested reading

To be agreed in consultation with supervisor.