Dissertation in the Traditions of Yoga and Meditation
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Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course, the student should have acquired:
- Research skills through the completion of a long, written assignment based on a combination of primary (in translation) and secondary sources.
- Knowledge and understanding of the traditions of yoga and meditation developed in one or more of the religions of South Asia, Tibet and East Asia.
- Skills in researching and writing about topics connected with yoga and meditation that identify cross-cultural borrowing and religious interaction between the religious communities of South Asia, Tibet and East.
Scope and syllabus
This is a 10,000-word research project on a topic linked to the course chosen as a major in this MA. The dissertation is normally written over the summer period, and submitted in September. The dissertation provides an opportunity for individual research into a topic central to the traditions of yoga and meditation developed in South Asia, Tibet or East Asia. The School’s proximity to several national repositories holding valuable source material on these traditions (eg., The British Library, British Museum), together with the presence of a number of prominent yoga/meditation centres in Central London as venues of fieldwork, greatly enhances the potential for dissertation research.
Method of assessment
A 10,000 word dissertation must be submitted by 15 September (if 15 September falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then submission must be by 16:00 on the Monday immediately following 15 September).
Word count is defined as the number of words contained in the submitted work including quotations, footnotes, titles, abstracts, summaries and tables of contents. Appendices and bibliographies are not included in the word count. Appendices will not normally be marked and they must not include material essential to the argument developed in the main body of the work.