SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Advanced Ethnographic Study

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2020/2021
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 3
Taught in:
Full Year

Advanced Ethnographic Study (AES) provides final-year Anthropology students the opportunity to write an extended essay focusing on a particular ethnographic region and/or related topic. To take the module, students must have passed the relevant Ethnography of a Selected Region module in the second year and sought agreement (preferably by the end of the second year, but no later than the first week of term in the final year) from a member of staff with relevant expertise to supervise the project.  Students work on their AES projects independently, supported by a series of collective workshops and individual supervision meetings. Participation in workshops and supervision sessions is a requirement of taking the module. Two workshops are organized in the first half of Term 1, and two in the first half of Term 2.


Successful completion of the relevant Ethnography of a Selected Region module at second-year level is a prerequisite for this module.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

Students will develop the skill to work independently on the region of Africa, Asia, or the Middle East that they studied at BA2 level. To do this they will identify an area of interest to them and define a research question, refine and pursue that question via library research, and write an argued extended essay with an apparatus of footnotes and references in standard professional format.

Method of assessment

100% coursework. Assessment will be wholly by an extended essay of 5,000 words to be submitted no later than the beginning of Term 3 (see handbook for the exact date). Students are, however, encouraged to submit their work well before this deadline, preferably by the end of Term 2. The work must be typed in a legible font, double-spaced, with a word count. Maximum length for extended essays (including quotations, footnotes, titles, summaries and tables of contents; but excluding appendices and bibliographies) is 5,000 words. School policy on plagiarism, over-length coursework, and late submission will be strictly enforced. Essays are submitted electronically via Moodle.


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