SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Nepal fieldwork report

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2017/2018
Taught in:
Term 1


Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The students should be able to demonstrate that they are capable of summarizing their own fieldwork and using as a basis for a coherent research proposal.  This will enable them to benefit fully from the more intensive, research-focused second year of the programme.

Furthermore, through writing an abstract in Nepali, they should be able to demonstrate that they are capable of using the language to describe and articulate their research agenda.  


One-to-one supervision of 5 hours in total.

Scope and syllabus

The programme requires students to undertake a programme of study at the Nepa: School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Kathmandu during the summer break between years one and two of the MA.  During this time they receive instruction in Nepali at intermediate level (8-10 hpw) and conduct some preliminary fieldwork for their dissertation.  A 1.5 unit language course is taken at SOAS during year two.

The purpose of this course is to enable students to acquire the ability to engage in independent research and to give them some experience of detailed research in a specific area, and also to begin to develop their ability to use Nepali as a language of research.

Both elements of training are of direct relevance to the writing of the 15,000-word dissertation due at the end of the second year.

Method of assessment

An essay of 5000 words (in English) and 500 words (in Nepali) to be submitted on day 5, week 7, term 1. 


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