SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

H433 Urban Modern Eastern Asia (II)

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2019/2020
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 3 of 3 or Year 4 of 4
Taught in:
Full Year

This is the companion course to H333 Urban Modern Eastern Asia (I).  Building on the work done in that course, it provides students the opportunity to research and write a 10,000 word dissertation on a topic in the urban history of the region stretching from Beijing and Tokyo to Jakarta and Singapore, which incorporates some of the oldest urban civilizations as well as some of the fastest-growing cities in the world.

The course is comprised primarily of individual research and writing, together with occasional individual supervision.  We will also meet as a group three times during the year to discuss and critique students’ preliminary ideas for the dissertation, a formal research proposal (at the end of the first term), and the first results of writing (in the middle of the second term).  We will also form smaller writing groups to help during the drafting and revising process.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the course, a student should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a basic knowledge of theories and methods in urban history;
  2. demonstrate a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the history of a city in eastern Asia;
  3. demonstrate a mastery of sources and data relevant to the topic under investigation;
  4. evaluate and synthesize relevant secondary literature;
  5. analyse texts and images as historical sources, placing them in relevant context and identifying significance;
  6. design and deliver a research project, identifying relevant materials, analysing data, and presenting results;
  7. communicate well-organized and -supported arguments in written form.


There are no lectures or tutorials for this course but the course tutor will meet each student for a total of up to ten hours over the academic year.

Method of assessment

one 10.000 word essay 


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