SOAS University of London

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

Dissertation For MA Global Cinemas And The Transcultural

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Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the Dissertation the student will have:

  • Demonstrated their capacity to carry out a substantial piece of academic work on a selected topic in the field of Media Studies.
  • Defined a topic for examination and articulated a coherent scheme for examining the topic.
  • Gathered the relevant information and analysed and presented this information in a way which satisfactorily assesses the topic.


I hour of project supervision per week (20 hours in total).

Scope and syllabus

The fourth element of the degree is a Dissertation on any topic agreed with the convenor of the MA Global Cinemas and the Transcultural and the candidate’s supervisor. The dissertation may be either an essay or a multimedia presentation of 8,000 words and up to half an hour of video or audio materials, or 100 still images, or an equivalent combination of elements. See also the outline of Theory and Methods in Media and Film Studies in that section.

By linking their dissertation topic with their optional modules, students can focus half of their work to their own particular interests, whether disciplinary, geographic or thematic in focus. There is also ample scope for developing such special interests by taking advantage of the rich calendar of regular seminars and special lectures at SOAS, organised by all the School’s departments and centres.

Method of assessment

A dissertation outline of 2000 words to be submitted on day 1, week 7, term 2 (10%); a 10,000 word dissertation to be submitted on 15 September of the year when the dissertation is due (90%).


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