Aims/Description: Following successful completion of Diploma-level study, students wishing to take their studies to MA level will present a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words in length on an approved topic. The dissertation is an opportunity for independent study into an area of contemporary Japanese society of the student's particular interest and involves a fuller exercise of his or her research, analytical and IT skills.

Staff Contact: Katherine Gallagher
Teaching Methods: Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

Notes: This module develops students' skills in critical analysis and expertise in a topic which could be relevant to their subsequent career or further academic study.

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