SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

BA African Language and Culture is a single subject, 4'year degree combining the study to degree level of Hausa or Swahili with the study of aspects of culture in Africa. Course units focusing on Africa may be chosen from the range available on the degree. The languages offered at the degree level are Hausa and Swahili. Students of Swahili spend two terms of year three in East Africa (currently Zanzibar and Mombasa).

Course Modules

Year 1: An African language 1; culture in Africa; language in Africa; choose 1 first year open option course. Year 2: African language IIA; African language IIB; choose 1 course from the list of optional courses; choose a course from the list of optional courses or an open option. Year 3: Year abroad. Year 4: Language course unit in the main language; choose 2 courses from the list of optional courses; choose a course from the list of optional courses or an open option. Optional modules: 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; religion in Africa; extended essay in African studies (a); extended essay in African studies (b); independent study project in African studies; directed study of an African language; black urban studies; introduction to pan'Africanism; music in Africa; the world of Cuban music; music in the mande cultural world; African art I (context and representation); African art II (West Africa and the Atlantic world); history, historiography and the visual arts; African art III (the art and architecture of North Eastern Africa); Africans in the Americas (identities and representation); Amharic 1; Amharic 2; Hausa 1; Hausa 2(a) intermediate; Hausa 2(b) survey of hausa literature; Hausa 3(a) advanced; Hausa 3 (b) selected texts; Somali 1; Somali 2; advanced somali (formal usage); advanced Somali (literature and culture); Swahili 1; Swahili 2a intermediate; Swahili 2b (introduction to Swahili literature); Swahili 3; Swahili 4; theory and practice of Swahili translation; Yoruba 1; Yoruba 2; Zulu 1; Zulu 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 ABB-AAB
  • Interview
  • Course specific

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89% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 70%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 88%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 92%

£20,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

80% Go on to work and/or study

In work 55
Studying 20
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 0
Unknown 15

19% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 46%

Total Coursework: 38%

Total Practical: 17%

£5,450 - £5,450
Typical cost of university accommodation

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