MA Anthropology of Media

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Anthropology of Media

SOAS University of London

MA Anthropology of Media

Duration:

One calendar year (full-time).

Two or three years (part-time, daytime only).

We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study. 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: The minimum of an upper second-class BA degree (or equivalent). Some exceptions are made for those with significant experience in a relevant media related career.

Start of programme: September intake only.

Who is this programme for?

A wide range of students with different interests and backgrounds come to this programme from the world over in order to explore why media matter. They are highly qualified with very diverse international interests. It is particularly suitable for:

  • Students with a degree in media or cultural studies.
  • Students with a degree in the social sciences or humanities wishing to acquire a broad understanding of media and cultural studies with special reference to Asia or Africa.
  • People with professional experience in film, television, journalism, advertising or public relations.
  • Students with a degree in social anthropology wishing to pursue more specialist media-related topics along with the regional or language-based study.
  • Students without a previous degree in Anthropology looking for an MA conversion degree to serve as a qualification for pursuing a further research degree in anthropology.

Our world is inescapably and continuously transformed through a proliferation of media. The MA in Anthropology of Media at SOAS takes up the challenge of understanding how and why media matter. The programme uniquely combines anthropology, media and cultural studies with specific regional expertise in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It provides students with critical skills, research methods, a wide-ranging understanding of media and the opportunity to pursue original research projects. The MA in Anthropology and Media is the first and still the only programme in Europe that specialises in bringing together contemporary anthropological concerns with media and cultural studies.

The MA in Anthropology of Media is a recent and rapidly growing field within the larger academic discipline of Anthropology. It both incorporates and challenges the well-established anthropological concerns with visual culture and ethnographic film through a more extensive examination of contemporary media practices.

Along with the parallel disciplines of media and cultural studies, Anthropology of Media is now widely recognized as playing an increasingly important and critical role in current debates about media. It provides an alternative approach, which puts the emphasis upon studying the multiple relationships between people and media and thus seeks to anthropologise media and cultural studies. More than just focussing on media texts or technology, Anthropology of Media is marked by the centrality of people and how they relate to media.

The SOAS programme in Anthropology of Media is designed to provide a detailed introduction to the study of media in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and their diasporas. We also use the theoretical and methodological contributions of Anthropology to build upon and challenge Euro-American media and cultural studies. The programme stresses ethnographic approaches to media as cultural practices in social and political contexts where people inhabit, create and engage with media worlds.

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, totalling at 90 credits. Students with a previous Anthropology degree are not required to take the Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology module, totalled 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 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 (30credits) Full Year

CORE MODULE

All students must take the core module worth 30 credits.

  • Comparative Media Studies 15PANC009 (30credits) Full Year

OPTIONAL MODULES

Students with a previous Anthropology degree: 30 credits of your programme must be selected from the Anthropology and Sociology list. All students can select the remaining 60 credits from Anthropology and Sociology or other departments a language module.

Anthropology and Sociology

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

OTHER DEPARTMENTS
Africa

  • Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018

Centre for Media Studies

  • Digital traditional broadcasting communication 15PMSH022 (15 credits) Term 2
  • International Political Communication 15PMSH009 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Sound Recording and Production 15PMSH025 (15 credits) Term 1
  • The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media: Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 (15 credits) Term 2

China and Inner Asia

  • Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 (15 credits) Term 1

Development Studies

  • Gender and Development 15PDSH010 (15 credits) Term 1

History of Art and Archaeology

  • Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018

Japan and Korea

  • Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Japanese Television since 1953 15PJKC006 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

Music

Near and Middle East

  • Film and Society in the Middle East 15PNMC230 (30credits) Full Year

South Asia

  • Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 (15 credits) Term 2

South East Asia

  • Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) 15PSEH008 (15 credits) Term 2
  • (Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
This school offers programs in:
  • English


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