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

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Course content

In this course you will work individually or in a team on a public presentation of an aspect related to your research data or the Master thesis. You should take an East Asian perspective on an issue that is judged to be of interest to a general and broad audience. Ideally, the produced work complements, or even challenges, established common knowledge on East Asian societies, their history and culture. At the same time, you will practice the skill of communicating your research findings to the general public. 

Under the guidance of your supervisor you will compile and edit information from original sources, mainly in the language of your specialization. You will present how the chosen topic is perceived, discussed or studied in the country or region you are working on. See more details in the “Guidelines for ‘Voices from East Asia’”.

Your work will be published online on the UiO IKOS Voices from East Asia-blog, and, if possible, be fed into professional media or other public fora through contacts established by the supervisor or your self. This course is designed to be taken in conjunction with EAST4010 – Research Methodology in East Asian Studies. The course can only be combined with a 30-credit master thesis, not a 60-credit master thesis.

Learning outcome

  • Opportunity to practice how to communicate acquired information to a general audience.
  • Concrete application of expertise in a different way than in academic papers, aiming to enrich common knowledge and public debates on East Asia.
  • Practicing relevant editing and communication skills that constitute some of the basic abilities expected from graduates in various future situations and jobs.
  • Working with media that are oriented towards a general audience.  


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the MA programme option Chinese Society and Politics or East Asian Culture and History, 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. The student must ensure that the content of the course does not overlap with other study units one has previously obtained credits for.

Contact the department if you have any questions.


There is no teaching on this course, but you will work with your supervisor. You are required to read the “Guidelines for ‘Voices from Asia’”. On the basis of these guidelines, you will choose a topic for public presentation.

The supervisor will assist you in deciding on an adequate presentation format and in planning the compilation and editing process. If necessary the supervisors may also jointly hold a short information meeting with all course participants at the beginning of the semester. In this case all registered participants will be informed about the time and place of this meeting via email.

The supervisor will also arrange for making the work accessible on the IKOS’ “Voices from East Asia” blog page, and if possible support you in potential other ways of publication after the product has been graded and if necessary revised.

You are in any case required to talk to your supervisor (on Skype, phone or through e-mail if student or staff is abroad) at the beginning of the semester and before the final stage of work on this course’s task.


The presentation and the process description text have to be submitted in Inspera (independently of whether it has been published elsewhere or not) within the given deadline. See more information under "Teaching".

After the work has been read and graded by the supervisor, you - if necessary - revises the presentation and after another approval by the supervisor, submits the text and all additional material via a web formular that feeds the final "Voices from East Asia" blog.

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 pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, 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.

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