SOAS University of London

History of Art and Archaeology

Dissertation in History of Art and Archaeology: Curating Cultures

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year

This is a 9,000-10,000-word research project on a topic linked to the course chosen as a major. The dissertation is normally written over the summer period and is submitted in September. 

The dissertation provides an opportunity for further regional and/or temporal specialisation and research on a topic of direct interest to the student. It is normally expected that students make use of at least primary sources, textual and visual. The proximity to the school of many archive depositories, museums and galleries, enhances the potential for this type of dissertation work.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the Dissertation the student will have:

  • develop research, writing and organisational skills through independent study and  completion of oral and written assessments based on primary and secondary written and visual sources
  • acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of approaches, methods and theories in the history of art and/or archaeology, with reference to the curating of the arts of Asia and Africa
  • foster further understanding and in-depth knowledge of the curating of the arts of Asia and Africa

Method of assessment

  • One 300-word summary of research project (worth 5%)
  • One 700-word annotated bibliography (worth 9%)
  • One dissertation of 9,000-10,000 words submitted by the School Dissertation deadline (worth 86%)


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