SOAS University of London

Japan & Korea Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Culture

Independent Study Project in Korean Language and Culture

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2020/2021
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 4
Taught in:
Full Year

An ISP is a 30 credit module examined by the submission of one essay (in English) of 10,000 words on an approved topic in Korean studies of the student’s choice. This fourth-year module is the culmination of the research and writing training provided throughout the BA Korean programme.

Students are strongly advised to start their planning for an ISP in Term 2 of the academic year before that in which the ISP is to be undertaken.

Procedure for Approval of ISP Topic and Title, and Appointment of Supervisor

Students wishing to take this module are required to submit to the module convenor a working title and a synopsis of 300 to 500 words of the proposed topic of the ISP when advised by the convenor. Upon the approval of the topic, the student will be appointed a supervisor.

After consultation with their supervisor, students must complete and hand in the ISP / Extended Essay Registration Form to the Faculty Office by no later than the deadline for the submission of the module registration form (the last day of teaching week 2 of Term 1). The form is available from the departmental office.

Contact Hours of Supervision and Required Reading

Students are allowed a maximum of 10 contact hours of individual supervision for an ISP, spread over the academic year. Required reading will be as directed by the supervisor.

Length and Preparation for Submission
  • The length of an ISP should be 10,000 words including footnotes, but excluding captions, bibliography, and appendices of original module materials.
  • ISP's must be submitted on Moodle.
  • Students must complete a research ethics form.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The learning outcomes will depend on research topic. However, the objective of the project generally speaking should be to enable students to develop research skills consonant with the requirements of professional research in the field of the Korean language and culture.


Students will attend training seminars in the first 5 weeks of term 1 and will work on their individual projects with their supervisor for a maximum of 3 hours after the training seminars over term 1 and 2.

Method of assessment

One 10,000 word essay (in English) due Friday week 1, term 3 (100%).

Suggested reading

As directed by your supervisor.


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