SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Extended Essay in South East Asian Studies

Module Code:
Unit value:
Year of study:
Year 2 or Year 3
Taught in:
Term 1

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of this course the student will have honed generic skills in conducting research from secondary sources and learned how to present a piece of written work of extended length of their findings on a particular aspect of South East Asian culture, literature or film.  


Normally 5 hours of supervision throughout one term in keeping with extended essay supervision amounts throughout the school.

Scope and syllabus

The course involves writing a 5,000 word essay in English on an approved topic in South East Asian Studies.  It provides an opportunity for independent study or research separate from the ISP.  The essay will be supervised by a named teacher.

Students taking this course must be in contact with the course convenor Dr Mulaika Hijjas as early as possible, ideally BEFORE they depart for the year abroad, for help formulating a suitable topic, identifying a supervisor and other support.

Method of assessment

One essay of 5,000 words to be submitted by Friday week 1, term 3 (100%).


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