Programme Code: L600 BA/SA
Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
Social Anthropology is an academic discipline that in many respects straddles the social sciences and humanities. It both draws from and contributes to such disciplines as philosophy, linguistics and literature, as well as sociology and history.
The full title of the department of Anthropology and Sociology emphasises the range of our concern with Third World studies, from more remote communities to more recent urban development, avoiding any arbitrary distinction that may be implied by reference to either anthropology or sociology alone.
The BA Social Anthropology teaches the methods of social anthropological investigation, emphasising the detailed study of multiple, interwoven areas of social life, through long participation and linguistic familiarity. Students have a great deal of scope to tailor their programme of study according to their own interests.
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 take 12 module units over a three-year degree, 4 units in each year.
Students take core or compulsory modules which are designed to build up a knowledge of the history of the discipline and relevant theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects. They can additionally choose from a range of optional modules.
Single-subject students usually take 3 compulsory introductory units and an open option (i.e. a module in a subject or language other than those named in the student’s chosen degree title).
- Introduction to Social Anthropology (1 unit)
- Voice and Place (1 unit)
- Social Theory (1 unit)
- 1 approved unit in a language or other discipline
Single-subject students take 2 compulsory units and 2 full or 4 half units from a list of available options, or may decide to do a open option module. The modules in this year are more advanced theoretically and offer a wide choice of ethnographies.
- Theory in Anthropology (1 unit)
- Two of the following ethnography courses (0.5 unit)
Ethnography of a selected region - China Term 2
Ethnography of a selected region - Japan Term 1
Ethnography of a selected region - South Asia Term 1
Ethnography of a selected region - South East Asia Term 2
Ethnography of a selected region - Near & Middle East Term 2
Ethnography of a selected region - East Africa Term 1
Ethnography of a selected region - West Africa Term 2
These 0.5 unit regional ethnography modules are designed (in the second year) to be combined - according to student interest and module availability - with a second regional ethnography module taught in a different term to form a compulsory full unit of ethnography modules (e.g., Japan and China; South Asia and Southeast Asia: East Africa and West Africa), or (in the third year to be taken as a free-standing option.
- 1 unit (or 2 half units) from Year 2 Optional Units List
1 further unit (or 2 half units) from Year 2 Optional Units List
1 approved unit in a language or other discipline
The theoretical modules in this year are yet more advanced, and offer a wide range of themes. Single-subject students take Contemporary Trends in the Study of Society, and 2.5 units of optional modules or 1.5 units and a 'open option' course.
- Contemporary Trends in the Study of Society (1.5 units)
- 1.5 units (in total) from the Year 3 Optional Units List
1 further unit (or 2 half units) from Year 3 Optional Units List
1 approved unit in a language or other discipline
Year 2 Option Units List
Year 3 Option Units List
Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.
Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year.
|BA, BSc, LLB
|BA/BSc Language Year Abroad
Application Deadline: 2017-04-17 17:00
For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section
A degree from the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS will develop your understanding of the world, other peoples’ ways of life and how society is organised. Skills gained during your degree will transfer well to areas such as information and technology, government service, teaching or work in the media and tourism. This is in addition to your detailed subject knowledge, which will vary according to the regional and theoretical focus of your degree. Your degree will equip you with a set of specific skills, including: analytical and critical skills; ability to gather, assess and interpret data; a high level of cultural awareness; and the ability to solve problems.
Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:
Barclays Wealth International
Department for Work and Pensions
The Random House Group
Partnerships in Health Information
Lamont Design Company
United Nations System Staff College
Ethical Media Group
|he Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile
Youth Offending Team
Project for Street Children
Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary OrganisationsInternational School of Tianjin
Health Improvement Project Zanzibar (Hipz)
United Nations ESCAP
British Red Cross Society
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Victoria and Albert Museum
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
|(Fast Stream) Civil Servant
Adult Parliament Coordinator
Africa Director, Social & Public Research
Assistant Private Secretary, Minister of State
Curator (Africa) Museum
|Head, Peace and Security
Lecturer and Arabic Flagship Language Coordinator
Policy and Projects Officer
Other recent SOAS career choices have included commerce and banking, government service, the police and prison service, social services and health service administration. Opportunities for graduates with trained awareness of the socio-cultural norms of minority communities also arise in education, local government, libraries and museums.
For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.
A Student's Perspective
SOAS creates a unique atmosphere that I have never tasted before. I truly love the SOAS community, or what I termed anthropologically as ‘SOAS-ism’.