SOAS University of London

Africa Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

BA African Studies and ...

duration:
3 years

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,907


Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2018 Entry requirements

  • No preliminary knowledge of the subject or an African language is required.
  • Interview Policy: Applicants with non-standard qualifications may be invited for interview.
A Levels:
AAB-ABB
IB:
35 (665 at HL)

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BTEC: DDM

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB

Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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Overview

Programme Code: (see May Be Combined With)

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

This 3-year degree focuses on the languages and cultures of sub-Saharan Africa. It includes the study of an African language and a wide choice of modules in the related cultural fields of Literature, Art, Performance and Religion-Philosophy. The languages normally available are Amharic, Hausa, Somali, Swahili, Yorùbá and Zulu.

The range of expertise in SOAS, not only in the Africa Department, but also with regard to languages and literatures of other regions is unique in UK institutions. Along with proven excellence in other disciplines, such as religious studies, anthropology, art and archaeology, and history, this offers students an unparalleled range of options in choosing their second subject of study.

Students taking the two-subject degree take a combination of units from African Studies and from their other subject.

Convenors

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Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.

Combinations

May be combined with:

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Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Students must take modules to the value of 120 credits each year. Over the three years they must take at least 150 credits from one subject and at least 120 credits from the other subject. The subject with the largest number of module credits will be named first in the degree.

Students must pass at least 90 credits in order to proceed to the following year, including any core modules.

Students may take open option modules to the value of 30 credits per year in a joint degree as long as the required number of credits for each of the named subjects is passed at the end of the degree.

Students who fail Language I are not required to continue with Language II in the second year. Students attaining 40-50% in Language I may be exempted, if they wish, from Language II after consultation with their Programme Convenor.

Degree title

If a student passes Language in Africa and 120 credits in one language, then the language may optionally be named in the degree title, e.g. African Studies (Swahili) and Development Studies. This option is available for Swahili, Hausa and Somali only. 30 credits may be an Independent Study Project in which the language is used to a large extent. Please discuss with your Programme Convenor at the end of year 1 or the beginning of year 2 of your degree.

Year 1
Core Module

Choose one from the following modules. Students must pass Culture in Africa, the first year language module or Language in Africa in order to progress.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Language in Africa 155900867 30 Full Year
Culture in Africa 155900838 30 Full Year
Compulsory Language Module 1

30 credits at a suitable level in an African language.

Other Subject

Take 60 credits in the second subject

Year 2
Core Module

Choose ONE of the following modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
African language literatures (oral and written) 155900677 30 Full Year
Contemporary African literature 155900839 30 Full Year
Compulsory Language Module 2

30 credits in an African language following on from Language I

Other Subject

Choose 60 credits from the second subject.

Year 3
Compulsory Module

Choose module(s) to the value of 30 credits from the list of options.

Compulsory Module

Choose Language level 3 or module(s) to the value of 30 credits from the list of options.

Other Subject

Choose 60 credits from the second subject.

List of Optional Modules

Before selecting a module, student's must first check that the course is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Filmmaking and Curatorial Practices in the Age of Festivalization 155902002 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Sci-fi and Afrofuturism in the Afrophone Novel 155902006 15 Term 2
African Filmmaking: From the 1960s to the Present 155902007 15 Term 1
Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in Africa: Past and Present 158000185 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Islamic Reform Movements in Modern Africa 158000190 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
African Philosophy 155901397 15 Term 2
Afrophone Philosophies 155901398 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Contemporary African literature 155900839 30 Full Year
Fictions of History 155901013 30 Full Year
African language literatures (oral and written) 155900677 30 Full Year
Religions of Africa: Foundation 158000119 15 Term 1
Religion in Africa 155901151 30 Full Year
Directed study of an African language 155900934 30 Full Year
Black Urban Studies 151230001 15 Term 1
History of Slavery: Britain and Slavery 151230005 15 Term 1
Music in Africa 155800022 30 Full Year
The World of Cuban Music 155800058 15 Term 1
African Art III: the Art and Architecture of North Eastern Africa 154900132 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Religion, Power and Society in Modern Africa 158000005 30 Full Year
Africans in the Americas: Identities and Representation 154900166 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Amharic 1 155900832 30 Full Year
Amharic 2 155900378 30 Full Year
Hausa 1 155900834 30 Full Year
Hausa 2(a) intermediate 155900324 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Hausa 2(b) survey of hausa literature 155900818 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Hausa 3(a) advanced 155900327 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Hausa 3 (b) selected texts 155900603 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Somali 1 155900831 30 Full Year
Somali 2 155900811 30 Full Year
Advanced somali:formal usage 155901291 30 Full Year
Advanced somali: literature and culture 155901292 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Swahili 1 155900985 30 Full Year
Swahili 2a Intermediate 155900986 30 Full Year
Swahili 2b - introduction to Swahili literature 155900987 30 Full Year
Swahili 3 155900635 30 Full Year
Swahili 4 155900636 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Yoruba 1 155900833 30 Full Year
Yoruba 2 155900935 30 Full Year
Zulu 1 155900840 30 Full Year
Zulu 2 155900851 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Theory and practice of Swahili translation 155901259 30 Full Year
List of Optional Modules (Year 3)

Students in Year 3 can also select from the modules below.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Extended essay in African studies (a) 155900762 15 Term 1
Extended essay in African studies (b) 155901188 15 Term 2
Independent study project in African studies 155900763 30 Full Year

Programme Specification

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

Although not compulsory, spending time in Africa is encouraged

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks). The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others.

In the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, undergraduate modules take various forms. Modules may be taught through 1 or 2 hours of lectures a week, and some may have an additional 1-2 hours of weekly seminars. Languages classes may be 4-5 hours per week in the first and second year, typically less at higher levels.

More information is on the page for each module.

Teaching is normally provided by lecture or seminar and students are required to attend such classes. Most modules involve a 50-minute lecture as a key component with linked tutorial classes.

SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,907
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £8,454
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2018-04-30 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

As a student specialising in the continent of Africa, you will gain competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature and culture (which can include literature, film, music, art and religion) of various parts of Africa.  Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in both business and the public sector.  These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.  

Choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills with which to further your studies of the African continent, or to make comparative study with other areas.  African Studies may be combined with a huge range of other disciplines.  For more information on the extra skills you will gain from your second subject, please see the relevant departmental page.  

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln
Embassy of Sweden in Khartoum
German Development Cooperation (GIZ)
Jhpiego
London Centre Social Impact
Marie Stopes International
Oxford University
Amnesty International
OXFAM
Pearson PLC
Plan International
Samsung Securities Co. Ltd
Save the Children
SOAS
St John's Way Medical Centre
University of London
World Vision International

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
Project Manager
Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Project Support Worker
Programme Assistant
MA Student
Diversity Communications Officer
Engagement skills training Coordinator
Teacher of English
Events Officer
Advocacy Officer


Others have found work in:

  • Education
  • Government
  • Media
  • Publishing
  • UN Agencies


For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

Being at SOAS is a privilege I have greatly appreciated academically as well as socially. It really is a gem that surfaces unheard voices and unseen faces

Nuren Sherali Parpia

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