MA Social Anthropology Programme with Intensive Language

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Social Anthropology Programme with Intensive Language

SOAS University of London

MA Social Anthropology Programme with Intensive Language

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.

Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

The programme is designed on a modular basis offering different pathways to suit, broadly, three categories of students:

  • Students with a degree in social anthropology wishing to pursue more specialist topics and/or more regional and language-based study
  • Students with little or no previous knowledge of social anthropology wishing to acquire a broad knowledge of the discipline
  • Students with little or no previous knowledge of social anthropology wishing to take the degree as a conversion course before proceeding to a research degree in anthropology

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology teaches the discipline of Social Anthropology with special reference to the societies and cultures of Asia and Africa, both past and present. The emphasis given to particular regions and approaches varies with current trends in the discipline and contemporary global developments.

Students come to the course from all over the world, following BA study, work and travel experience or after long careers in other fields.

Many of our students have not previously trained as anthropologists. This combination of diverse experience and skills makes for an intellectually exciting atmosphere for both teachers and students.

The MA degree programme in Social Anthropology is designed on a modular basis offering different pathways to suit, broadly, three categories of student:

  • Students with a degree in social anthropology wishing to pursue more specialist topics and/or more regional and language-based study;
  • Students with little or no previous knowledge of social anthropology wishing to acquire a broad knowledge of the discipline;
  • Students with little or no previous knowledge of social anthropology wishing to take the degree as a conversion course before proceeding to a research degree in anthropology, who are required to pass all the examinations with appropriately high marks.

Students take three taught courses and complete a 10,000-word dissertation.

Structure

The programme consists of four units in total: three units of examined courses and a one unit dissertation of 10,000 words.

Core Courses:

  • Comparative Studies of Society and Culture - 15PANC073 (1.0 unit).
  • Dissertation in Anthropology and Sociology - 15PANC999 (1.0 unit). This is a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic agreed with the Programme Convenor of the MA Social Anthropology and the candidate’s supervisor.
  • Additionally all MA Anthropology students 'audit' the course Ethnographic Research Methods during term 1 - this will not count towards your 4 units.

Foundation Course:

  • Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology - 15PANC008 (1.0 unit). This is compulsory only for students without a previous anthropology degree.

Option Courses:

  • The remaining unit(s) of your programme, either 1 unit of option courses (if taking Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology) or 2 units (if exempted from Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology), may then be selected from the Option Courses list below.
  • Your 1 or 2 total units may be made up of any combination of 0.5 or 1 unit option courses.
  • Alternatively, one language course may be taken from the Faculty of Languages and Cultures.

Programme Detail

Core Courses

  • Comparative Studies of Society and Culture 15PANC073 (30credits) Full Year
  • Dissertation in Anthropology and Sociology 15PANC999 (60credits) Full Year

Foundation Course

  • Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 (30credits) Full Year

Option Courses

Full Unit Anthropology Options

  • Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 (15 credits) Term 2
  • 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

Half Unit Anthropology Options

  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 (15 credits) Term 1
  • African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Anthropological approaches to agriculture, food and nutrition 15PANH053 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 15PANH061 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Anthropology of Human Rights (PG) 15PANH058 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Anthropology of Law 15PANH056 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Comparative Media Theory 15PANH028 (15 credits) Term 1
  • 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
  • Perspectives On Development 15PANH033 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Religions on the move: New Currents and Emerging Trends in Global Religion 15PANH055 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Therapy and Culture 15PANH027 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Tourism and Travel: A Global Perspective 15PANH059 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

Courses taught outside the Department of Anthropology

These courses are available subject to the approval of the course convenor and the agreement of the MA Social Anthropology programme convenor. Students may take no more than one full unit of courses taught outside of the Department of Anthropology. A language course unit in the Faculty of Languages & Cultures may also be taken instead. Alternatively, an approved Area or General course from the Music Department can be taken. See the Music Department’s website for details.

  • Culture and Conflict in the Himalaya 15PSAC291 (30credits) Full Year
  • Death and Religion 15PSRC162 (30credits) Full Year
  • Features of Buddhist Monasticism 15PSRH014 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 (15 credits) Term 2
  • History and Doctrines of Indian Buddhism 15PSRC059 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • (Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 15(15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) 15PSEH008 (15 credits) Term 2
  • The Buddhist Conquest of Central Asia 15PSRH009 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
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. 2019
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End date Sept. 1, 2019
Dates
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019