SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Directed Readings in Anthropology A/B

Module Code:
Term 1 (A): 155800099 | Term 2 (B): 155800100
15 credits
Year of study:
Final Year

This module offers an opportunity for highly motivated, self-disciplined students to pursue individual academic interests in subject areas that fall within the expertise of SOAS anthropologists, but are not covered by regular module offerings.

As the module consists largely of independent study, enrolment is only at the discretion of the module convenor -- the Anthropology Learning and Teaching Coordinator -- who reviews proposed topics and study plan agreements.

Interested students should consult with the LTC and/or a prospective supervisor during Term 2 of the preceding year. Applicants must submit the online Directed Readings proposal form during the module enrolment period for review by the LTC. Successful applicants will be expected to prepare a study plan agreement with the designated supervisor by the beginning of the term.

Note: The proposed directed readings may not duplicate or reflect content of any regularly offered modules. The scope of work should match the intellectual challenge, intensity and time commitment of a standard 15-credit module.

This module is offered both Term 1 as Directed Readings in Anthropology A (155800099) and in Term 2 as Directed Readings in Anthropology B (155800100).


This module is open only to final-year students on the BA Social Anthropology (single or joint hons), on application. To be admitted onto the module, students must successfully propose a topic during the module enrolment period. In rare cases approval may be given during the first week of the term for students who have been studying abroad or on leave the previous year.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to: 

  •  exercise critical awareness and independence of thought in selecting, locating, reading and responding to literature on a chosen topic
  • assess scholarly arguments and analyze the relationship of different texts to each other
  • identify key themes in the literature on a chosen topic
  • demonstrate specialized knowledge of a subfield of anthropology
  • formulate and articulate an individual perspective on the literature orally and in writing
  • demonstrate the ability to work independently and engage actively with academic scholarship in a self-directed manner


This module is entirely independent study, with a total of two hours of supervision (typically during office hours) over the course of the term.


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