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. Arabic: Modules include: Introduction to Arabic culture; literatures of the Near and Middle East; introduction to Islam; introduction to modern Arabic literature; introduction to early Islamic texts; introduction to classical Arabic literature; introduction to Arabic dialects; politics and aesthetics in modern Arabic literature; reading classical Arabic historians; language and oral literature of an Arabic vernacular; Arabic cinema 1; Quran and Hadith studies; Islamic texts; independent study project in Arabic studies (using language sources); Sufism (texts and history); introduction to Arabic culture; elementary written Persian; elementary written Turkish; elementary Hebrew; elementary Western Armenian; introductory Akkadian; introduction to Armenian history; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; the making of the modern Middle East; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; Islamic architecture; the sources of Islamic art and architecture; art and material culture of the Islamic world (7th to 14th centuries); mosaics, manuscripts, and wall painting in Islamic art; music of the Middle East and North Africa; Islamic law; government and politics of the Middle East; economic development of the modern Middle East.

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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