SAS4004 – Readings in South Asia Studies

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Course content

This reading course is designed to meet individual needs of Master’s students within the programme option South Asian Culture and Society.

In consultation with a course teacher, participants compile their own reading list on a subject area related to the topic of their planned Master’s thesis. The choice of literature must provide a good general basis of information on the subject matter and its significance within a wider context by covering a variety of thematic issues, theoretical perspectives, and methodological approaches. Basic introductions and textbooks cannot be included. The reading list should amount to around 1,000 pages, and can include works in English, Scandinavian languages, and South Asian languages.

If the subject area is closely related to lower level courses, the reading list must be more advanced (representing in-depth theoretical or thematic study). The reading list cannot include literature that has been used at earlier levels.

The reading list must be approved by the course teacher. The course should normally be taken during the first year of the Master’s degree programme.

Learning outcome

Participants learn to:

  • Navigate a specialized academic field and identify key readings and debates
  • Critically read and analyze research literature and formulate an interpretation of the issues and arguments presented in the literature
  • Summarize and present a research debate in an independent and reflective manner
  • Work independently under supervision


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Teaching will be in the form of individual supervision and guidance.

Compulsory activity:

You will have to submit a draft of the term paper halfway through the semester in order to qualify for the final examination.

The first draft is only valid for one semester.

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.


Term paper, 10 - 15 pages. Detailed information on the term paper will be given by the course teacher at the start of the semester.


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Special examination arrangements

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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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