EAST4610 – Voices from East Asia: How to Communicate Research Results

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

In this course you work individually, or in a team with other students, in order to develop your knowledge in a field of your own choice related to East Asia or parts of it, and to practice the communication of such knowledge. You first decide upon the topic of your study in collaboration with the supervisor you were assigned for your Master thesis. The topic may be closely related to your Master thesis, but it can also be another topic that you wish to explore. With guidance from your supervisor, you compile a reading list of at least 600 pages of academic literature related to your topic, and identifying at least one primary source in the East Asian language of your specialization (Chinese, Japanese or Korean).

With guidance from your supervisor, you read and critically summarize the academic literature, and on this basis you create one shorter piece of work aimed at a broader audience. The specific topic of this piece should be judged, by you and your supervisor in collaboration, to be of interest also to a non-academic and not-specialized audience, and the format should be accordingly (see also the "guidelines for Voices from East Asia”, below). If appropriate and if quality allows, this part of your exam will be published online on the Voices from East Asia-blog, and, if possible, be fed into professional media or other public fora through contacts established by your supervisor or yourself (for instance Asiapunkt).

Learning outcome

  • Ability to collect, read and critically summarize academic literature.
  • Skills of communication that reach beyond the academic/university community
  • Insights into how academic knowledge is acquired and how it may be translated into more popular forms of communication.
  • Editing and communication skills that are often asked for at the job market.
  • Ability to use search engines (e.g. Oria) to identify relevant literature.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the MA programme option Chinese Culture and Society and passed 60 credits of courses that are a part of the degree.

Overlapping courses

The course may overlap with discontinued courses and old study units of all types and levels. You must ensure that the content of the course does not overlap with other study units you have previously obtained credits for.

Contact the Department if you have any questions.


There is no mandatory teaching in this course. After you and your supervisor have chosen the topic for your work, you compile a list of 600 pages of relevant academic literature including at least one primary source in an East Asian language. The list has to be approved by your supervisor. You read and critically summarize in written form this literature and, with the approval of your supervisor, you create a shorter piece of work aimed at a general audience. At the end of the course, and before submitting your portfolio, you need to document that you have had at least three conversations with your supervisor (either through meetings, skype, phone, or e-mail in case you or the supervisor are abroad) about your choice of topic and literature, and regarding the piece aimed at a general audience.

Compulsory activities

  • Dialogue with your supervisor regarding choice of topic and secondary/primary sources and at least three meetings throughout the semester and before the portfolio is submitted.
  • A list of at least 600 pages of relevant academic literature, and at least one source in your East Asian language of specialization must be approved by the supervisor.

All compulsory activities must be approved in order to qualify for the exam. It is the student’s responsibility to check whether or not the compulsory activities are approved. This is how you apply for valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance.


The exam is a portfolio consisting of two parts:

  1. A short project description of 1500 - 2000 words. It is supposed to give the presentation product a frame, providing background information and disclosing sources and data used for the presentation. The text should contain

    • a brief introduction to the topic of your "Voices from East Asia" project

    • an explanation how and why you chose this topic
    • information about which sources and material were selected and how
    • a discussion of the pros and cons of the chosen presentation type and format
    • a reflection on the intended audience
    • a list of references.
  2. A presentation related to your topic that is meant to be communicated to an audience beyond your area of specialization, that is, to the interested public. Language and content of your presentation should be adapted to this purpose. The format could be, for instance, a general blog post, a commentary, a film clip/audio feature, an interactive figure / illustration; small collection/ database, a news digest / public discussion analysis, a Q&A digest / factual interview, a review article, or something else that you agree to in advance with your supervisor. See “guidelines for Voices of East Asia” for recommendations and ideas regarding these formats. If appropriate, this piece will be published on the Voices from East Asia-blog.

One single grade is awarded for the portfolio as a whole.

Grading guidelines

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course

Every autumn
Every autumn
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