SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This 4'year degree combines the study of the language of Swahili with another language or discipline. The range of expertise in SOAS with regard to languages and literatures of other regions is unique in UK institutions. Along with proven excellence in other disciplines, such as religious studies, anthropology, art and archaeology, and history, this offers students an unparalleled range of options in choosing their second subject of study.

Course Modules

Swahili Modules include: Swahili 1; language in Africa; Swahili 2a: intermediate; Swahili 2b: introduction to Swahili literature; contemporary African literature; history in African and Caribbean literature; African language literatures (oral and written); representations and transformations: South African drama and film; the structure of Bantu languages; theory and practice of Swahili translation; religion in Africa; extended essay in African studies; independent study project in African studies; directed study of an African language; black urban studies; introduction to Pan'Africanism; Amharic 1; Amharic 2; Hausa; Somali; Swahili; Yoruba; Zulu. Geography Modules include: Cities: exploration in urban geography; climate variability, change and society; cultural landscapes: North American style; ecological and cultural biogeography; economic and social change in Post'War Europe; environmental remote sensing; environmental risk, governance and society; global cities: processes, problems and policies; historical geographies of urbanism; natural hazards; desert environments; development geographies: livelihood and policy contexts; environmental thought and practice: politics, concept and management; gendered geographies of development and globalisation; Japanese environments; political economy of hazardscapes; social theory and the environment; territoriality, state, and nation: political geography in the developing world; third world political ecology; tropical forests in a changing environment.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level AAB
  • Course specific

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£5,450 - £5,450
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£5,090 - £5,890
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