MA Intensive South Asian Studies

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Intensive South Asian Studies

SOAS University of London

MA Intensive South Asian Studies

Duration: Two Years.

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-Time

The two-year MA Intensive South Asian Studies offers comprehensive language-based training across a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Students on the programme take 120 credits at SOAS during their first year, of which a language module at an appropriate level in Bengali, Hindi, Nepali or Urdu and the module ‘The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia’ are core. In addition to the two core modules, students must choose modules to the value of 60 credits from the list of options advertised for the MA South Asian Area Studies. The disciplines available include Anthropology, Art and Archaeology, Cinema, Cultural and Regional Studies, Economics, History, Law, Literature, Music, Politics, and Study of Religions.

In their second year, students will undertake an extended period of study attached to a university or research institute in India, Pakistan or Nepal (the location depending on their choice of language), where they will further develop their language proficiency (worth 90 credits) and conduct research for an extended dissertation(worth 90 credits). The second half of the second year will be taken up with the writing of the dissertation under close supervision back in London.

The programme is aimed at students pursuing careers in the academic world, business, government and the media that require a skill set which encompasses disciplinary rigour, comprehensive area knowledge and cultural and linguistic fluencies. No prior knowledge of a South Asian language is required but applicants should provide evidence of their language-learning ability. The language element of the training will be tailored to meet the needs of students with existing language skills.

Structure

Students take The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia - 15PSAC314 and a language module in Bengali, Hindi, Nepali or Urdu in their first year, plus modules to the value of two full units (60 credits) from the list given below. These modules should be chosen in close consultation with the programme convenor.

Students spend the first half of their second year studying at one of our partner institutions in South Asia (15PAIC002 - Period of Postgraduate Study in South Asia - worth 90 credits), before returning to work on their 20,000-word dissertation (15PAIC999 Extended dissertation in South Asian Studies - worth 90 credits).

Anthropology (minor only)

  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 (15 credits) Term 1

Art and Archaeology

  • The Indian Temple 15PARC034 (30credits) Full Year

Cinema

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

Culture

  • Contemporary Punjab: Society and Culture across Borders 15PAIC001 (30credits) Full Year
  • Culture and Conflict in the Himalaya 15PSAC291 (30credits) Full Year
  • The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia 15PSAC314 (30credits) Full Year

Economics

  • Economic development of South Asia a) the macroeconomy 15PECC026 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Economic development of South Asia b) major sectors & the international 15PECC027 (15 credits) Term 2

History

  • Environmental History of Asia 15PHIH023 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Gender, law and the family in the history of modern South Asia 15PHIH030 (15 credits) Term 2

Language [one language option as minor only]

  • Bengali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC303 (30credits) Full Year
  • Bengali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC304 (30credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC295 (30credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC296 (30credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 3 (PG) 15PSAC297 (30credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 4 (PG) 15PSAC308 (30credits) Full Year
  • Readings in Contemporary Hindi (PG) 15PSAC305 (30credits) Full Year
  • Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 (30credits) Full Year
  • Nepali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC299 (30credits) Full Year
  • Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 (30credits) Full Year
  • Urdu Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC301 (30credits) Full Year
  • Urdu Literacy (PG) 15PSAC302 (30credits) Full Year

Law

  • Law and Society in South Asia 15PLAC129 (30credits) Full Year

Literature

  • Directed Readings in the Literature of a Modern South Asian Language 15PSAC016 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Literature & Colonialism in North India (Masters) 15PSAH005 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Literature of South Asia 15PSAC284 (30credits) Full Year
  • Narratives of Mobility in Contemporary Hindi Literature (Masters) 15PSAH006 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 (30credits) Full Year
  • Sanskrit Literature 15PSAC003 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Sanskrit Texts from the Hindu Tradition 15PSAC014 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 (30credits) Full Year

Music

  • Raga: concept and practice (PG) 15PMUH020 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Sacred Sound in South Asia 15PMUH021 (15 credits) Term 1

Politics

  • Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 (30credits) Full Year

Study of Religions

  • Buddhism in Tibet 15PSRH008 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Buddhist Meditation in India and Tibet 15PSRC172 (30credits) Full Year
  • Contemporary Islamism in South Asia: Readings in Sayyid Abu al-A'la Mawdudi 15PSRC170 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Features of Buddhist Monasticism 15PSRH014 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • History and Doctrines of Indian Buddhism 15PSRC059 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (1) 15PARH078 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (2) 15PSRH051 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Issues in Religion and Media 15PSRH047 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Jainism: History, Doctrine and the Contemporary World 15PSRC024 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Modern Muslim Thinkers of South Asia 15PSRC169 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Oriental religions in European academia and imagination, 1815-1945 15PSRC168 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Basic Pali (PG) 15PSRC176 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Pali: Intermediate Level 15PSRC053 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Buddhist Conquest of Central Asia 15PSRH009 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Origins and Development of Yoga in Ancient India 15PSRC173 (30credits) 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
2 years
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, 2020
Dates
Sept. 2018
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2020