SOAS University of London

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

Independent Project in Japanese Studies

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2020/2021
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 3 of 3
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The Independent Study Project (ISP) is a unique opportunity for a student to work on his or her own initiative, and to gain advanced training in academic research and writing. Undertaken during the final year, it involves researching and writing up a long essay, on a topic usually related to other modules which the student has already studied or is about to study. The utilisation of primary sources and Japanese language sources is encouraged. Writing an ISP is particularly useful for students thinking of doing postgraduate study, or taking employment involving some kind of research component.

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 Japanese Studies. Candidates research their projects with guidance from an appropriate supervisor allocated by the module convenor. This module will be examined by a project of 10,000 words.


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.


Scope and syllabus

The topic of this ISP is left to the student to propose. Once it has been approved by the convenor it is then up to the student to develop it from written and oral sources within the appropriate field of research.

Method of assessment

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


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