MA in Cultural Studies

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA in Cultural Studies

SOAS University of London

MA in Cultural Studies

Duration: Full time - 1 year Part time - 2 or 3 years.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Equivalent of a UK 2:1 degree.

Start of programme: September intake only.

The aim of the programme is to offer grounding in the theories on Cultural Studies which draws on Marxism, Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Post-Marxism, Feminism, and Post-Modernism and their use, application and adaption in the cross-cultural contexts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. It provides an examination of the main historical concepts in Western culture such as ideology, power, class, identity, race, nation, subjectivity, representation, and memory and how these are challenged by scholars working in non-Western cultures of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The aim is to explore the different and plural cultural histories and memories of these contexts to which Cultural Studies must adapt.

Theoretical paradigms covered will reflect on issues of class, ‘race’, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, representation and religion. The course will investigate central questions of epistemology and methodology in relation to the application of Cultural Studies theories in non-Western contexts. The programme is theory and practice-based and therefore, it draws on case studies from a diversity of cultural practices, genres and contexts to elucidate complex theoretical concepts and challenge their limitations and/or validity in the context of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The programme aims to equip students with sufficient knowledge to understand and evaluate the way in which Cultural Studies theories and methods are used in cross-cultural contexts and hence develop analytic skills for undertaking their own research projects.

Structure

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. You may take a 30 credit language acquisition module at an appropriate level as one of your modules.

Please follow the structure below.

Compulsory Modules

  • Cultural studies theories and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PCSC001 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Dissertation in Cultural Studies 15PCSC999 (60 credits) Full Year

Optional Modules

Students can take 90 credits from List A or 60 credits from List A and 30 credits from either List B or List C. The options below are recommended due to their relevancy to the programme. However, students are allowed to take any postgraduate optional module that SOAS offers (see individual web pages for list), provided they receive the approval of the degree convenor and the relevant course convenor.

List A

  • Turkey:Continuity and Change 15PNMC377 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Selected Topics in 20th Century Turkish Literature 15PNMC374 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices 15PNMC411 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Years of Radical change: South Korean cinema from the 'New Wave' to the new millennium 15PJKH009 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo 15PAFC139 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Japanese Traditional Drama (Masters) 15PEAH013 (15credits) Term 1
  • Modern Japanese Literature (Masters) 15PEAH012 (15credits) Term 2
  • Modern Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC002 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 (15credits) Term 2
  • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 (15credits) Term 1
  • Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC004 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Literatures in African languages 15PAFC124 (30 credits) 30 Full Year
  • Literatures of South Asia 15PSAC284 (30 credits) Full Year
  • The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia 15PSAC314 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Arabic Literature and the West 15PNMC002 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Film and Society in the Middle East 15PNMC230 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) 15PSEH008 (15credits) Term 2
  • (Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 (15credits) Term 2
  • English Literatures of South East Asia 15PSEH013 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 (15credits) Term 1
  • Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Realism and Magical Realism in the Afrophone Novel (PG) 15PAFH012 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Sci-fi and Afrofuturism in the Afrophone Novel (PG) 15PAFH013 (15credits) Term 2
  • Japanese Television since 1953 15PJKC006 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 (15credits) Term 1
  • Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 (15credits) Term 2
  • Indonesia on Screen(PG) 15PSEH015 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Vietnam on Screen (PG) 15PSEH014 (15credits) Term 2
  • Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia (PG) 15PSEH017 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Directed Readings in a South East Asian Language 15PSEH016 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Identity and Language in Hebrew Literature 15PNMC412 (30 credits) Full Year

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

  • Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 (15credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 (15credits) Term 1
  • 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
  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 (15credits) Term 1
  • African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 (15credits) Term 2

Centre for Media and Film Studies

  • The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 (15credits) Term 1
  • Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media: Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 (15credits) Term 2
  • Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 (15credits) Term 1
  • Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 (15credits) Term 2
  • Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 (15credits) Term 1
  • International Political Communication 15PMSH009 (15credits) Term 2
  • Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 (15credits) Term 1

Department of Music

  • Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 (15credits) Term 1
  • Gender and Music (MMus) 15PMUH009 (15credits) Term 2

Department of the Study of Religions

  • Myth and Mythmaking 15PSRC164 - Not Running 2017/18
  • Muslim Britain: Perspectives and Realities 15PSRC158 (30 credits) Full Year

Department of History

  • Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 1 - Making States and Building Nations 15PHIH011 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 2 - Non-National Perspectives 15PHIH012 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Social and Cultural Transformations in Southern Africa Since 1945 15PHIH003 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 (15credits) Term 1
  • Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 (15credits) Term 2
  • Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 (15credits) Term 1
  • Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 (15credits) Term 2

Department of Art and Archaeology

  • Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 15PARH048 (15credits) Term 2
  • Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Representing Conflict: A Cross-Cultural and Inter-Disciplinary Approach 15PARH039 (15credits) Term 2
  • Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts 15PARH034 (15credits) Term 2

List B

You may only take 30 credits from List B.

  • Gender theory and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNC002 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 (30 credits) Full Year

List C

You may take 30 credits from List C.

Africa

  • Amharic 1 (PG) 15PAFC130 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Amharic 2 (PG) 15PAFC131 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hausa 1 (PG) 15PAFC136 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hausa 2 (PG) 15PAFC138 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Somali 1 (PG) 15PAFC132 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Somali 2 (PG) 15PAFC133 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 1 (PG) 15PAFC140 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) 15PAFC141 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 3 (PG) 15PAFC142 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 4 (PG) 15PAFC144 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Yoruba 1 (PG) 15PAFC134 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Yoruba 2 (PG) 15PAFC135 (30 credits) Full Year

China and Inner Asia

  • Elementary Spoken Cantonese (PG) 15PCHC006 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 (30 credits) Full Year

Japan and Korea

  • Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Basic Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Basic Korean (PG) 15PJKC022 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Basic Korean 2 (PG) 15PJKC024 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Higher Intermediate Readings in Korean (PG) 15PJKC018 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC010 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC011 (30 credits) Full Year

Near and Middle East

  • Arabic 300 (Postgraduate) 15PNMC390
  • Elementary Persian Texts (PG) 15PNMC384 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Written Turkish 15PNMC386 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Modern Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC383 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Hebrew Language: Elementary (PG) 15PNMC409 (30 credits) Full Year

South Asia

  • Bengali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC303 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Bengali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC304 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC295 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC296 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 3 (PG) 15PSAC297 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 4 (PG) 15PSAC308 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Nepali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC299 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Punjabi Language 1 15PSAC320 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Sanskrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC294 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Sanskrit Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC306 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Prakrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC309 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Urdu Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC301 (30 credits) Full Year

South East Asia

  • Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Burmese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC045 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC033 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC034 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Thai Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC041 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Thai Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC042 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Vietnamese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC037 (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. 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
Information
Deadline
Locations
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019
Dates
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019