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SMLC7021. Research Colloquium II

This course is compulsory for M.Phil. and four-year Ph.D. students in the School. Students must take the course during their second year of study. This is a one-year course. Students may substitute a similar course in a discipline in another School, subject to the approval of their supervisor, the DRPC and the HADC.


This course aims to

  1. To acquaint students with a variety of topics in the field of area studies.
  2. To have students develop and refine more advanced skills in seminar preparation, presentation, and participation.
  3. To foster a research community of postgraduate students, in which learning from peers is encouraged, and to combat students’ isolation.

Course Syllabus

The course will consist of classes, in each of which one M.Phil. or Ph.D. candidate will make a presentation of part of their work in progress. This will be followed by discussion. Students will be required to make a presentation of their research during their fourth semester. The presentation should cover the same areas as that delivered by the student in their second semester as part of Research Colloquium I, but a higher level of content and of presentational skill is expected. Students are expected lucidly to explain the results of their research to date. It is intended that participation in the colloquium stimulate cross-fertilization between different aspects of work in area studies.

Mode of Assessment

Assessment will be by coursework. Attendance equivalent to 80% of the classes is required. Exemption is possible when students has to be absent for reasons related to the pursuit of their M.Phil. or Ph.D. research, e.g. fieldwork. Students must participate actively in discussions. The course will be assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.

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