SOAS University of London

African Languages, Cultures and Literatures Section

MA African Studies (Literature Pathway) (2018 entry)

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Overview

The MA African Studies (Literature Pathway) enables students to engage critically with varied aspects of oral and written literatures in Africa. The programme is unique in the way it encourages exploration of relationships between indigenous African aesthetics and contemporary literary theories. The module ‘Theories and Techniques of Comparative Literature’ provides theoretical and methodological skills while the programme’s other units focus on specific areas such as literatures in African languages and contemporary African literature in English.

Start of programme: From 2017 this Programme will no longer be running in its current form, but will be integrated in the corresponding Area Studies programmes.

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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duration:
One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

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Structure

Dissertation

NB: For students on the Literature pathway, the dissertation (10,000 words) must be on a subject in African Literature.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in African Studies 15PAFC990 60 Full Year - Full Year
Taught Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Literatures in African languages 15PAFC124 30 Full Year
AND

Choose a module(s) from the List of Literature options below to the value of 30 credits

AND
Guided Option

Choose a module(s) from the List of Modules below to the value of 30 credits

AND

Choose a module(s) from the List of Modules below to the value of 30 credits

OR
Open Option

Choose a module(s) from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits

List of Modules (subject to availability)
Anthropology (minor only)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 1
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 15 Term 1
African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Art
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 15PARH048 15 Term 1
Economics
History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Colonial Conquest and Social Change in Southern Africa 15PHIH002 15 Term 1
Social and Cultural Transformations in Southern Africa Since 1945 15PHIH003 15 Term 2
Slavery in West Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries 15PHIH028 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Historical Perspectives on Gender in Africa 15PHIH029 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Language (minor only)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Amharic 1 A (PG) 15PAFH021 15 Term 1
Amharic 1 B (PG) 15PAFH022 15 Term 2
Amharic 2 (PG) 15PAFC131 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
Hausa 1 A (PG) 15PAFH027 15 Term 1
Hausa 1 B (PG) 15PAFH028 15 Term 2
Hausa 2 (PG) 15PAFC138 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
Somali 1 A (PG) 15PAFH023 15 Term 1
Somali 1 B (PG) 15PAFH024 15 Term 2
Somali 2 (PG) 15PAFC133 30 Full Year
Advanced Somali: Language (PG) 15PAFH017 15 Term 2
Advanced Somali: Literature (PG) 15PAFH018 15 Term 2
Swahili 1 A (PG) 15PAFH029 15 Term 1
Swahili 1 B (PG) 15PAFH030 15 Term 2
Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) 15PAFC141 30 Full Year
Swahili 3 (PG) 15PAFC142 30 Full Year
Practical Translation Swahili into English 15PAFH014 15 Term 1
Directed Readings in an African Language 15PAFC147 30 Full Year
Yoruba 1 A (PG) 15PAFH025 15 Term 1
Yoruba 1 B (PG) 15PAFH026 15 Term 2
Yoruba 2 (PG) 15PAFC135 30 Full Year
Zulu 1 A (PG) 15PAFH019 15 Term 1
Zulu 1 B (PG) 15PAFH020 15 Term 2
Zulu 2 (PG) 15PAFC129 30 Full Year
Zulu 3 (PG) 15PAFC137 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 30 Full Year
Linguistics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Structure of Bantu Languages (PG) 15PAFH011 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Literature
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Sci-fi and Afrofuturism in the African Novel (PG) 15PAFH013 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Advanced Somali: Literature (PG) 15PAFH018 15 Term 2
African Philosophy (PG) 15PAFH008 15 Term 1
Philosophy and Decolonisation (PG) 15PAFH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Literatures in African languages 15PAFC124 30 Full Year
Realism and Magical Realism in the African Novel (PG) 15PAFH012 15 Term 1
Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo 15PAFC139 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
Media
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 15 Term 1
Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Photography and the Image in Africa 15PARH082 15 Term 1
Politics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 30 Full Year
Religious Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Colonialism and Christian Missions in Africa: Readings from the Archives 15PSRH043 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Religions and Development 15PSRH049 15 Term 2

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

One-year Masters programmes consist of 180 credits. 120 credits are taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks); the dissertation makes up the remaining 60 units. 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, including reading and research, preparing coursework and revising for examinations. 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. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary. 

More information is on the page for each module.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge
  • Students will acquire knowledge and critical awareness of current issues and/or insights into Africa from the perspective of at least two social sciences and/or humanities disciplines.
  • The student will have the opportunity of gaining knowledge or further knowledge of an African language.
  • The student will gain specialized and in - depth knowledge in one particular area of the study of Africa and from disciplinary perspective.
Intellectual (thinking) Skills
  • Students will develop a critical and analytical approach to issues relating to Africa in the disciplinary areas chosen.
  • Students will develop skills of synthesizing materials from a variety of sources and presenting these in writing and orally in an academic context.
  • Students will have the opportunity of researching topics which have been little commented on in the secondary literature and thus develop research skills by working on primary sources.
Subject -based Practical Skills
  • Students will gain specific knowledge of aspects of African life, which will prepare them for working in Africa.
  • The specialist knowledge developed in the individual courses will allow students to add an academically grounded perspective to their particular subsequent work context.
  • If a student takes an African language they will have a strong practical skill, which will help them in any context where the language is used and which will also be of benefit if they need to learn another language in the future.
Transferable Skills
  • Through managing their studies students will develop the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility.
  • In researching and writing coursework and the dissertation students will develop research and writing skills.
  • Students will develop the skills of independent learning required for continuing onto a research degree or for professional development.

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 2019/20 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second & subsequent years of study will be higher. Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years Part-time 4 Years
Intensive Language only
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£9,685 £19,930 £4,843 £9,965 £3,228 £6,643 £4,843 £9,965

Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2020-01-31 15:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2020-01-31 15:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2020-02-20 15:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2020-06-05 15:00

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

Employment

A postgraduate degree in African Literature from SOAS provides students with 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, history, cinema, politics, economics or law. Graduates of this programme will develop their ability to engage with and explore relationships between indigenous African aesthetics and contemporary literary theories.  

Postgraduate students gain linguistic and cultural expertise enabling them to continue in the field of research or to seek professional and management careers in the business, public and charity sectors. They leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including 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. A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse 
range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

Some graduates leave SOAS to pursue careers directly related to their study area, while others have made use of the intellectual training for involvement in analysing and solving many of the 
problems that contemporary societies now face. The MA African Literature can lead to further study and research, however there is also a range of opportunities in fields such as:

  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Archive work
  • Arts Management
  • Media

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

A Student's Perspective

I had studied in an international school in India that focused a lot on extracurricular activities, and going to SOAS seemed like a natural continuation of my studies.

Mia Eskelund Pedersen

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