MA Anthropology of Food

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Anthropology of Food

SOAS University of London

MA Anthropology of Food

Duration: One calendar year (full-time); two or three years (part-time, daytime only). The expectation in the UK is of continuous study across the year, with break periods used to read and to prepare coursework.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class BA degree (or equivalent) in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences, or significant experience in a relevant food- and/or agriculture-related career

Food is a fundamental human necessity, essential to the sustenance of the human body. At the same time, food may be associated with pleasure, passion, even luxury. Food is also essential to the social body. Who eats what, who eats with whom, and whose appetites are satisfied and whose denied, are all profoundly social dynamics through which identities, relationships, and hierarchies are created and reproduced.

The SOAS MA programme in the Anthropology of Food offers students the opportunity to explore historically and culturally variable foodways, from foraging to industrial agriculture, from Europe and North America to Africa, Asia, and South America. The programme asks students to trace the passage of food from plant to palate and to examine who benefits, and who suffers, from contemporary modes of food production, exchange, preparation, and consumption. Students examine food policy at national and international levels, as well as the role played in its formation by the food industry.

The focus is given to the study of famine and the controversial role of food aid in securing food supplies. Debates over the impact of agricultural biotechnology on agrarian livelihoods and knowledge systems, as well as on the natural environment, are assessed. Movements toward organic agriculture, fair trade, and slow food are also analyzed.

An anthropological approach to the study of food draws upon and challenges the perspectives of other disciplines, whether agronomy or nutritional science, economics or law, history or literature. Dependent upon individual interests and experiences, graduates of the programme may pursue research degrees in any number of academic disciplines, or find employment in food-related government ministries, international organizations, development agencies, or non-governmental associations, as well as in the fields of public health, education, and media, or in the catering industry.

Scholarships

Applicants for the MA Anthropology of Food may be eligible to apply for Scholarships and Bursaries.

Structure

The programme consists of 180 credits in total: 120 credits of modules and a dissertation of 10,000 words at 60 credits.

All students are expected to take the core and compulsory modules listed below, except for students with a previous Anthropology degree, who are not required to take the Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology module but may wish to select this as part of their 120 credits from the options lists.

All students must audit the compulsory module, Ethnographic Research Methods during term 1. This will not count towards the 180 credits. Students will be expected to attend only lectures and do not attend seminars or submit any assessments. Students may choose to take this module (worth 15 credits) as part of their 120 credits from the option lists.

Students with a previous Anthropology degree will be required to take 30 credits from the Anthropology and Sociology options list.

The remaining credits can be selected from the Department of Anthropology and Sociology or relevant options from other departments or a language module. See below for a detailed programme structure.

Language Entitlement Programme:

Many students choose to pursue a language through the SOAS Language Entitlement Programme (LEP). Languages normally available include Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu. Others may also be offered.

COMPULSORY MODULES

Students without a previous Anthropology degree are required to take all the compulsory modules, totaling at 90 credits. Students with a previous Anthropology degree are not required to take the Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology module, totaled at 60 credits. All students are required to audit the Ethnographic Research Methods module. This will not count towards your 180 credits.

  • Dissertation in Anthropology and Sociology 15PANC999 (60 credits) Full Year
  • Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 (15credits) Term 1
  • Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 (30 credits) Full Year

CORE MODULE

All students must take the core module worth 30 credits.

  • The Anthropology of Food 15PANC013 (30 credits) Full Year

OPTIONAL MODULES

Students without a previous Anthropology degree: the remaining 60 credits can be selected from Anthropology and Sociology or other departments or a language module. Students with a previous Anthropology degree: 30 credits of your programme must be selected from the Anthropology and Sociology list; the remaining 60 credits can be selected from Anthropology and Sociology or other departments or a language module.

Anthropology and Sociology

  • African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 (15credits) Term 2
  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 (15credits) Term 1
  • Anthropological approaches to agriculture, food, and nutrition 15PANH053 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 15PANH061 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Anthropology of Human Rights (PG) 15PANH058 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Anthropology of Law 15PANH056 (15credits) Term 2
  • Comparative Media Theory 15PANH028 (15credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 (15credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 (15credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 (15credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 (15credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 (15credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 (15credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 (15credits) Term 2
  • Directed Practical Study in the Anthropology of Food 15PANH045 (15credits) Full Year
  • Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 (15credits) Term 1
  • Issues in Mind, Culture and Psychiatry 15PANH032 (15credits) Term 2
  • Issues in Anthropology and Film 15PANH022 (15credits) Term 1
  • Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 (15credits) Term 2
  • Media Production Skills 15PANH050 (15credits) Term 2
  • Perspectives On Development 15PANH033 (15credits) Term 1
  • Religions on the move: New Currents and Emerging Trends in Global Religion 15PANH055 (15credits) Term 1
  • Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Therapy and Culture 15PANH027 (15credits) Term 1
  • Tourism and Travel: A Global Perspective 15PANH059 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

OTHER DEPARTMENTS

Centre for Gender Studies

  • Gender in the Middle East 15PGNH001 (15credits) Term 1
  • Gendering Migration & Diasporas 15PGNH002 (15credits) Term 2

Development Studies

  • Agrarian Development, Food Policy, and Rural Poverty 15PDSH026 (15credits) Term 1
  • Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 (15credits) Term 1
  • Extractive Industries, Energy, Biofuels and Development in a Time of Climate Change 15PDSH048 (15credits) Term 2
  • Famine and food security 15PDSH022 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Gender and Development 15PDSH010 (15credits) Term 1
  • Natural resources, development, and change: putting critical analysis into practice 15PDSH031 (15credits) Term 2
  • The Working Poor and Development 15PDSH030 (15credits) Term 2

Religions and Philosophies

  • Jainism: History, Doctrine and the Contemporary World 15PSRC024 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Non-Violence in Jain Scriptures, Philosophy and Law 15PSRC062 (30 credits) Full Year
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Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
Duration
Duration
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
9,225 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £9,225; Full-time Overseas Fees: £18,980 per academic year
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Deadline
Locations
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2018
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019
Dates
Sept. 2018
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019