SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This 3'year degree focuses on the languages and cultures of sub'Saharan Africa. It includes the study of an African language and a wide choice of course units in the related cultural fields of Literature, Art, Performance and Religion'Philosophy. Students taking the two'subject degree take a combination of units from African Studies and from their other subject. Linguistics can be taken as a combined subject degree or a single'subject degree. The study of linguistics may also be combined with a range of other disciplines in which the School has proven excellence.

Course Modules

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. Linguistics: modules include: general linguistics; introduction to grammatical structure; introduction to phonology; intermediate phonology; intermediate syntax; topics in lexical semantics or language and meaning 1; advanced syntax; current issues in phonology; issues in semantics; language, society and communication; morphology; psychology of language; phonetics; topics in lexical semantics; language in Africa; Altaic morpho'phonology; historical linguistics; linguistic typology; the structure of Bantu languages; the structure of Japanese; extended essay in linguistics; issues in semantics; current issues in phonology; advanced syntax; dynamic syntax; topics in the structure of Chinese; independent study project in linguistics.

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

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • Interview
  • Course specific

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