SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Extended essay in Politics

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2020/2021
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Term 1

The purpose of this course is to enable students to acquire the ability to engage in independent research and to give them some experience of detailed research in a specific area. It involves the completion of a 5,000 word essay on an approved topic within the areas of interest of the department. In the first instance, the student should approach the course convenor for advice regarding the most suitable supervisor for his/her essay topic. The topic should have a title and a short outline (max. 300 words). The essay topic must be agreed by the supervisor/s within the Department, and approved by the course convenor, who must sign the Extended Essay Approval Form for the proposal. For Extended Essays written during Term 1, this must be returned to the Faculty Office no later than the end of teaching week 2 of Term 1.

For Extended Essays written during Term 1, the deadline for submission is the first day of Term 2.


To take this course you must have completed a taught course relevant to the topic of the essay. Students CANNOT take BOTH an Independent Study Project and two Extended Essays.

Students do not have to take both Extended Essay courses (153400058 and 153400061) - they can do one Extended Essay and another half-unit course in the Department or elsewhere in the School.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

By the end of the course students will have:

  • Experience of detailed research in a specific area
  • The ability to engage in independent research


- 1 hour lecture per week

Method of assessment

Assessment is 100% coursework


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