MA Social Anthropology of Development and Intensive Language

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Social Anthropology of Development and Intensive Language

SOAS University of London

MA Social Anthropology of Development and Intensive Language

Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time.

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

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

This Anthropology MA provides an understanding of the ways in which anthropological approaches and debates inform the study of meanings and concepts in development, its priorities, policies, and practice. It attracts students with diverse backgrounds and study/work experiences which makes for a lively and challenging atmosphere.

The degree is designed to provide students with a fairly detailed knowledge of anthropology, development issues, research methods, and either an ethnographic region (and/or language) and/or thematic interest in health/gender/food/ media. Advice will be given to match the choice of optional components to the requirements, interests, and qualifications of individual students whose background may be in general social science, regional, language or other studies. While the focus of the degree is on development issues and practice, its disciplinary orientation remains anthropological.

Students explore the contribution of anthropology to contemporary development debates, for example, on donors/aid agencies and NGOs, poverty, migration and development, dominating discourses, human rights, violence and complex emergencies, refugees, gender, social capital and community action, health, climate change, the ‘market’ (as a core metaphor of globalised development), whether there are alternatives to the market, the role of business in development (corporate social responsibility and markets for the poor) and the importance of ethical, professional conduct by anthropologists. Anthropological studies provide the basis for understanding issues of state and governance in development, as well as the meaning of community development, and of popular ‘participation’ and ‘empowerment’. Throughout the programme, the role of, and opportunities for anthropologists as professionals in development is discussed, in part through a dedicated series of seminars in term 2.

Note: (1) Students registered in other departments who wish to take this course MUST write to the Director of Study for this course for permission to take it.

The programme consists of four elements: three assessed course units and a dissertation of 10,000 words.

The degree’s core course – ‘Anthropology of Development’ – provides an up-to-date and in-depth understanding of anthropological perspectives on policy and practice in contemporary international development, and gives a theoretical overview of the relationship between development and anthropology. The course examines the politics of aid, shifting aid frameworks, and concrete intervention programmes, bridging the disparate worlds of planners and beneficiaries. This involves close reading of anthropological monographs/studies which examine the nature of policy-making, bureaucracy, and programmes in a variety of sectors – health, agriculture, water and others – while always paying close attention to the specific cultural contexts of intervention. Students should note that the course is continuously assessed which each term students are expected to write 1 book review, 1 essay and sit a 50-minute examination. This form of assessment has been found to be much fairer to overseas students whose first language is not English. While continuous assessment requires students to organize their studies efficiently from the very beginning of the year, we have found that a much higher proportion of our students graduate having achieved a distinction.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme has been extended to cover the MA Social Anthropology of Development.

Note (2). Students registered in other departments at SOAS, notably in Development Studies, must apply in writing/email to the Director of Studies for permission to take this course as part of their degree.

Programme Overview

The programme consists of 315 credits in total: 255 credits of modules and a dissertation of 10,000 words at 60 credits. 180 credits will be taken in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology; 135 credits, in the Intensive Language specific discipline.

The programme can be taken as a full-time study over 2 years or part-time over 4 years.

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 180 credits from the options lists.

All students must audit the compulsory module, Ethnographic Research Methods. This will not count towards the 315 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 180 credits from the option lists.

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

Programme Detail

FULL-TIME STUDY OVER 2 YEARS

Year One

In the first year, students will take 165 credits - 60 in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology; 105 in the Intensive Language discipline.

DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY

CORE AND COMPULSORY MODULES

All students are required to take the core module, Comparative Studies of Society and Culture, worth 30 credits. Students must audit the compulsory module, Ethnographic Research Methods. This will not count towards your 315 credits. Students without a previous Anthropology Degree are required to take the compulsory module, Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology worth 30 credits.

  • Anthropology of Development15PANC09030Full Year
  • Ethnographic Research Methods15PANH00215Term 1
  • Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology15PANC00830Full Year

OPTIONAL MODULES

Students with a previous Anthropology Degree are not required to take the compulsory module, Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology. Instead, students must select 30 credits from the Anthropology and Sociology list.

Anthropology and Sociology

  • African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 15 Term 1
  • Anthropological approaches to agriculture, food, and nutrition 15PANH053 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
  • Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 15PANH061 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
  • Anthropology of Human Rights (PG) 15PANH058 15 Term 2
  • Anthropology of Law 15PANH056 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
  • Comparative Media Theory 15PANH028 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
  • Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 15 Term 1
  • Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 2
  • Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 15 Term 1
  • Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 2
  • Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 15 Term 1
  • Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 15 Term 2
  • Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
  • Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
  • Issues in Mind, Culture and Psychiatry 15PANH032 15 Term 2
  • Issues in Anthropology and Film 15PANH022 15 Term 1
  • Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 15 Term 2
  • Media Production Skills 15PANH050 15 Term 2
  • Religions on the move: New Currents and Emerging Trends in Global Religion 15PANH055 15 Term 1
  • Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 30 Full Year
  • Therapy and Culture 15PANH027 15 Term 1
  • Tourism and Travel: A Global Perspective 15PANH059 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019

INTENSIVE LANGUAGE DISCIPLINE

60 credits must be selected from the Intensive Language discipline (see below). Over the summer period, students will study abroad in their specialized country of discipline. This will count for 45 credits.

ARABIC

https://www.soas.ac.uk/nme/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-arabic/

JAPANESE

https://www.soas.ac.uk/japankorea/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-japanese/

KOREAN

https://www.soas.ac.uk/japankorea/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-korean/

SOUTHEAST ASIAN LANGUAGES

https://www.soas.ac.uk/sea/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-south-east-asian-languages/

SWAHILI

https://www.soas.ac.uk/africa/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-swahili/


Year Two

In the second year, students will take 150 credits - 120 in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology; 30 in the Intensive Language discipline.

DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY

COMPULSORY MODULE

All students are required to take the compulsory dissertation module worth 60 credits.

  • Dissertation in Anthropology and Sociology15PANC99960Full Year

OPTIONAL MODULES

60 credits can be selected from the Anthropology and Sociology list (see under Year One) or other departments (see below).

OTHER DEPARTMENTS

Development Studies

  • Development Practice 15PDSH013 15 Term 1
  • Gender and Development 15PDSH010 15 Term 1
  • Issues in Forced Migration 15PDSH015 15 Term 2
  • Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) as Development Agencies 15PDSH014 0.5

History

  • Environmental History of Asia 15PHIH023 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019

South Asia

  • The political economy of violence, conflict, and development 15PDSC003 30 Full Year

INTENSIVE LANGUAGE DISCIPLINE

30 credits must be selected from the Intensive Language discipline (see under Year One).


PART-TIME STUDY OVER 4 YEARS

Year One

In the first year, students will take 105 credits in the Intensive Language discipline. No modules will be taken in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology.

DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY

Students are not required to take any modules in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology in their first year.

INTENSIVE LANGUAGE DISCIPLINE

Students will focus on their specialized Intensive Language discipline in their first year and must select 60 credits from their language pathway (see below). Over the summer period, students will study abroad in their specialized country of discipline (click on the relevant link below). This will count for 45 credits.

ARABIC

https://www.soas.ac.uk/nme/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-arabic/

JAPANESE

https://www.soas.ac.uk/japankorea/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-japanese/

KOREAN

https://www.soas.ac.uk/japankorea/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-korean/

SOUTHEAST ASIAN LANGUAGES

https://www.soas.ac.uk/sea/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-south-east-asian-languages/

SWAHILI

https://www.soas.ac.uk/africa/programmes/ma-and-intensive-language-swahili/


Year Two

In the second year, students will take 60 credits - 30 in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology; 30 in Intensive Language discipline.

DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY

CORE AND COMPULSORY MODULES

All students must audit the compulsory module, Ethnographic Research Methods. This will not count towards your 315 credits. Students without the previous Anthropology Degree are required to take the compulsory module, Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology, worth 30 credits. Students with previous Anthropology Degree are required to take the core module, Anthropology of Development, worth 30 credits.

  • Anthropology of Development 15PANC090 30 Full Year
  • Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
  • Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 30 Full Year

INTENSIVE LANGUAGE DISCIPLINE

30 credits must be selected from the Intensive Language discipline (see under Year One).


Year Three

Students will take 60 credits in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology. No modules will be taken in the Intensive Language discipline.

DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY

CORE MODULE

Students without a previous Anthropology degree are required to take a core module, Anthropology of Development, worth 30 credits.

  • Anthropology of Development15PANC09030Full Year

Anthropology and Sociology

  • African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 15 Term 1
  • Anthropological approaches to agriculture, food, and nutrition 15PANH053 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
  • Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 15PANH061 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
  • Anthropology of Human Rights (PG) 15PANH058 15 Term 2
  • Anthropology of Law 15PANH056 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
  • Comparative Media Theory 15PANH028 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
  • Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 15 Term 1
  • Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 2
  • Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 15 Term 1
  • Anthropology of Development 15PANC09030Full Year
  • Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 2
  • Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 15 Term 1
  • Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 15 Term 2
  • Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
  • Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
  • Issues in Mind, Culture and Psychiatry 15PANH032 15 Term 2
  • Issues in Anthropology and Film 15PANH022 15 Term 1
  • Religions on the move: New Currents and Emerging Trends in Global Religion 15PANH055 15 Term 1
  • Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 15 Term 2
  • Media Production Skills 15PANH050 15 Term 2
  • Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 30 Full Year
  • Therapy and Culture 15PANH027 15 Term 1
  • Tourism and Travel: A Global Perspective 15PANH059 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019

OTHER DEPARTMENTS

Development Studies

  • Development Practice 15PDSH013 15 Term 1
  • Issues in Forced Migration 15PDSH015 15 Term 2
  • Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) as Development Agencies 15PDSH014 0.5

History

  • Environmental History of Asia 15PHIH023 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019

South Asia

  • The political economy of violence, conflict, and development 15PDSC003 30 Full Year

INTENSIVE LANGUAGE DISCIPLINE

Students have completed their required number of modules in years one and two.


Year Four

In the final year, students will take the last 90 credits in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology.

DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY

COMPULSORY MODULE

All students are required to take the compulsory dissertation module worth 60 credits.

  • Dissertation in Anthropology and Sociology 15PANC999 60 Full Year

OPTIONAL MODULES

The remaining 30 credits can be selected from the Anthropology and Sociology list or other departments (see under Year Three).

INTENSIVE LANGUAGE DISCIPLINE

Students have completed their required number of credits in the language pathway and do not take further credits in their final year.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
Duration
Duration
2 - 4 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
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End date Sept. 1, 2020
Dates
Sept. 2018
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2020