SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

Social Anthropology is an academic discipline that in many respects straddles the social sciences and humanities. It both draws from and contributes to such disciplines as philosophy, linguistics and literature, as well as sociology and history. The BA teaches the methods of social anthropological investigation, emphasising the detailed study of multiple, interwoven areas of social life, through long participation and linguistic familiarity. Students have scope to tailor their programme of study according to their own interests.

Course Modules

Social anthropology: modules include: Introduction to social anthropology; voice and place; social theory; principles of social investigation; anthropology and film; anthropology of gender; African and Asian cultures in Britain; Asian and African communities in British society; new media and society; anthropology of tourism; independent study project; advanced ethnographic study; psychoanalysis and anthropology; anthropology and film; the other in horror and science fiction films; contemporary trends; ethnography of East Africa; ethnography of West Africa; ethnography of South Asia; ethnography of South East Asia; ethnography of China; ethnography of Japan; ethnography of the Near and Middle East. African studies: modules include: Amharic; Hausa; Somali; Swahili; Yoruba; Zulu; culture in Africa; language in Africa; African history; African art and archaeology; 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; religions of Africa; black urban studies; introduction to pan'Africanism; music in Africa; the world of Cuban music.

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

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level AAB-AAA
  • Course specific

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