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. Economics Years 1: Introduction to economic analysis; introduction to quantitative methods for economists (for those without A level mathematics or equivalent); quantitative methods for economists (for those with A level mathematics grade A or B or equivalent); comparative growth in Asia and Africa. Year 2: Intermediate economic analysis; econometrics; quantitative methods for economists; quantitative methods for economists; economics of developing countries I; banking and finance in economic development; foreign trade and development. Year 3: Advanced economic analysis; applied econometrics; economic development of Africa; economic development of South Asia; economic development of South'East Asia; economic development of Japan since 1868; economic development of modern China; economic development of the modern Middle East; economics of developing countries II; independent study project in economics.

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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