SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Independent Study Project in South Asian Studies

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2022/2023
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 3
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The objective of this module is to provide the students with advanced training in academic research and writing. This final year unit is the culmination of the research and writing training provided throughout the BA South Asian Studies.

At the end of a module, a student should be able to demonstrate clear evidence of undertaking a detailed supervised study of a topic in South Asian Studies. Candidates research their projects with guidance from an appropriate supervisor. This module will be examined by a project of 10,000 words.


10 hours in total supervision of topic covered by a relevant member of staff.

Scope and syllabus

A full unit essay on an approved topic in South Asian studies. After preliminary reading on a topic of their interest, students wishing to take this module are required to approach the module convenor in order to discuss the range and nature of their proposed topic and gain approval for supervision. This should preferably be done in Term 3 of the academic year before that in which the ISP is to be undertaken.

Method of assessment

One 10,000 word essay (in English) to be submitted by Friday week 1, term 3.

Suggested reading

A reading list will be determined by the choice of topic.


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