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. Persian Modules include: Persian language; literatures of the Near and Middle East; introduction to Islam; Classical Persian prose texts; Modern Persian poetry; Classical Persian poetry; Modern Persian prose literature; independent study project in Persian studies; introduction to Arabic culture; Old Persian; Middle Persian; Sogdian; Bactrian; Khotanese; elementary written Turkish; Arabic; elementary Western Armenian; elementary Hebrew; elementary Georgian; introduction to Sufis; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; the making of the Modern Middle East; history of Iran: Qajars to the Islamic Republic; cities of paradise and empire; Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds; introduction to Islam; Shi'a Islam: religious authority and community identity; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; Islamic architecture; the sources of Islamic art and architecture; the decorative arts of Islam; art and material culture of the Islamic World: 7th'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
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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