SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Independent Project in Japanese Studies

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Year 3 of 3
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Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The Independent Study Project (ISP) is a unique opportunity for a student to work on his or her own initiative, and to gain advanced training in academic research and writing. Undertaken during the final year, it involves researching and writing up a long essay, on a topic usually related to other courses which the student has already studied or is about to study. The utilisation of primary sources and Japanese language sources is encouraged. Writing an ISP is particularly useful for students thinking of doing postgraduate study, or taking employment involving some kind of research component.

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


This course has a maximum of 10 hours of supervision over terms one and two.

Scope and syllabus

The topic of this ISP is left to the student to propose. Once it has been approved by the convenor it is then up to the student to develop it from written and oral sources within the appropriate field of research.

Method of assessment

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


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