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. Japanese Modules include: J1 (elementary Japanese); aspects of Japanese culture 1; aspects of Japanese culture 2; J1 (accelerated elementary Japanese); aspects of Japanese culture 1; aspects of Japanese culture 2; issues in post'war Japanese society; introduction to the study of language learning 1; introduction to the study of language learning 2; survey of modern Japanese literature in translation; J2 (Japanese); survey of pre'modern Japanese literature in translation; introduction to pre'modern Japanese language; independent study project in Japanese language and culture; advanced practical Japanese; memory and militarism on Japanese television; JIV(B)i readings in Japanese history; JIV(B)ii readings in Japanese intellectual history; readings in modern Japanese literature; readings in pre'modern Japanese literature; the structure of Japanese 1; survey of modern Japanese literature in translation; issues in post'war Japanese society 1; issues in post'war Japanese society 2; the structure of Japanese 1; the structure of Japanese 2; Japanese cinema (a critical survey); introduction to the study of language learning 1; introduction to the study of language learning 2.

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-AAA
  • Course specific

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