SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dissertation in Global Liberal Arts

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 3
Taught in:
Full Year

The module is the capstone of the BA Liberal Arts, building on the foundation established in the first two years, particularly the research proposal produced in the spring of the second year, and allowing the student to pursue a piece of independent research.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  1. develop and complete a project of independent study
  2. identify and analyse appropriate sources and data for the topic in question
  3. understand, appraise, and deploy appropriate theories and methods for the topic in question
  4. keep to deadlines while pursuing such independent study
  5. present convincing arguments in both concise oral presentation and in long written form

Scope and syllabus

The convenor will meet with the group as a whole at several points during the year, to ensure timely progress towards final submission, and will encourage the formation of small writing groups, to sustain the practices of peer review and mutual support developed during the first two years of the programme.

Method of assessment

  • Essay/dissertation - 10,000 words worth 80%
  • 2 x Peer Review - 2 x 500 Words worth 10%
  • Presentation - worth 10%


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