SOAS University of London

Africa Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

MA...and Intensive Language (Swahili) (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
Full-time (2 years) or Part-time (4 years)

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,225
Overseas fees:
£18,980

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

Entry requirements

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Who is this programme for?:

This two-year programme will provide students with the opportunity to combine Masters’ level training with intensive study of an African language (Swahili) in order to acquire the skills necessary for future professional or research careers. The programme will enable students to engage with the subject of their Masters’ programme in Africa through an African language, to engage with sources and data in an African language and to conduct research and professional work in Africa.

This programme is also aimed at professionals wishing to pursue careers directly related to Africa, including government departments (of both the UK and other countries), and in firms requiring particular skills and knowledge related to trading, investment and promotional interests outside Europe.

Convenors

Combinations

May be combined with:

Africa

Anthropology

History

Linguistics

Religions and Philosophies

Structure

Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline as outlined below.

In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad. In the second year, they take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline.

For information on the programme structure for the four-year part-time version of the programme, please see the pdf pathway specification at the bottom of the page.

Please see the relevant web pages for information on the discipline parts of the programme.

Two Years Beginner
Year 1 (two years full time)
Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Swahili 1 A (PG) 15PAFH029 15 Term 1
Swahili 1 B (PG) 15PAFH030 15 Term 2
Plus
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intercultural Communication and Interaction 15PLIH054 15 Term 1
Intercultural communication research in action 15PLIH055 15 Credits - Not Running 2018/19
Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Summer Abroad

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intermediate Swahili Summer Abroad 15PAFC149 45 Full Year
Year 2 (two years full time)
Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Swahili 3 (PG) 15PAFC142 30 Full Year
Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Dissertation

Students complete a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline.

Two Years Intermediate
Year 1 (two years full time)
Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) 15PAFC141 30 Full Year
Plus
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intercultural Communication and Interaction 15PLIH054 15 Term 1
Intercultural communication research in action 15PLIH055 15 Credits - Not Running 2018/19
Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Summer Abroad

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Upper Intermediate Swahili Summer Abroad 15PAFC150 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Year 2 (two years full time)
Language Component
Or
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Practical Translation Swahili into English 15PAFH014 15 Term 1
Plus
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Translation Theory 15PLIH047 15 Term 1
Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Dissertation

Students complete a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline.

 

This is the structure for applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Department.

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

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.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge
  • Discipline-based factual knowledge, familiarity with scholarly literature;
  • Ability to engage in spoken and written communication, including reading of scholarly texts in modern Swahili (to different degrees depending on entry levels);Assessment through unseen examinations, long essays, course work and a dissertation.
  • To acquire/develop skills in a language to Effective Operational Proficiency level.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Acquisition through intensive Swahili language study and study abroad, to include critical reflection on language study, styles and registers of language in texts;Assessment through unseen examinations, course work, long essays and a dissertation, together with the incorporation of Swahili-language materials in coursework and exams on the student’s concurrent MA.
  • To demonstrate awareness of the conceptual and communicative underpinnings of a language and through this interlinguistic and intercultural understanding.
Subject-based practical skills
  • Acquisition of spoken and written modern Swahili through intensive language study.
  • Assessment: By unseen examination and course work.
  • Communicate in written and spoken medium in contemporary African language.
Transferable skills
  • Engage with people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, understand the role of different frames of reference.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 2 year full-time programmes have 2 years of full-time fees - the fee in the second year will be higher than the fee for the first year (the full time fee below is for the first year only).

Full-time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£9,225 £18,980
Scholarships

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