SOAS University of London

Department of History

Dissertation in Film and History

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Year of study:
Year 1 or Year 2
Taught in:
Full Year

This is a 10,000-word research piece on a topic linked to the course chosen as a major. The dissertation is normally written over the summer period, and submitted in September. The dissertation provides an opportunity for individual research into a topic concerning the intersection of film and history. The proximity of the School to many film institutes and historical archives, including its own archival collection as well as the British Library and British Film Institute, greatly enhances the potential for dissertation work.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate:

  1. research skills through the completion of a long written assignment based on primary sources
  2. knowledge and understanding of approaches, methods and theories in film and history, with particular reference to the study of Asia and Africa
  3. skills in researching and writing about topics in film and history from a multidisciplinary perspective that locates the individual within the historical context of cinema’s production and reception.

Method of assessment

 One 10000 word essay (100%)


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