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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.
3-year combined degrees:
African Studies, Bengali, Development Studies, Economics, Geography, Georgian, History, History of Art/Archaeology, Law, Linguistics, Music, Persian, Politics, Sinhalese, South Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, Study of Religions, Tamil, Turkis
3- or 4- year combined degrees:
Burmese, Hindi, Indonesian, Nepali, Thai, Vietnamese
4-year combined degree:
Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Hausa, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Swahili.
Key Information Set Data
The information for BA, BSc, or LLB programmes refer to data taken from the single subject degrees offered at SOAS; however, due to the unique nature of our programmes many subjects have a separate set of data when they are studied alongside another discipline. In order to get a full picture of their chosen subject(s) applicants are advised to look at both sets of information where these occur.
Key Information Set Data
Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.
May be combined with:
- African Studies, (TL56 BA/SAAF)
- Arabic+, (LT66 BA/SAA)
- Burmese ++, (LT6H BA/SABU)
- Chinese+, (LT61 BA/SACH)
- Development Studies, (LL96 BA/SADVS)
- Economics, (LL16 BA/SAEC)
- Geography*, (LL76 BA/SAGE)
- Georgian, (LT69 BA/SAGN)
- Hebrew+ , (LQ64 BA/SAHE)
- History, (LV61 BA/SAH)
- History of Art/Archaeology (V350 BA/HAR)
- Indonesian++, (LTPH BA/SAI)
- International Relations (LL26S09 BA/IRSA)
- Japanese+, (LT62 BA/SAJ)
- Japanese Studies (TL26 BA/JSSA)
- Korean+, (LTPL BA/SAKO)
- Law, (LM61 BA/SALW)
- Linguistics, (LQ61 BA/LGSA)
- Middle Eastern Studies (TL66 BA/MESSA)
- Music,(LW63 BA/SAMS)
- Persian, (LTQ6 BA/SAP)
- Politics, (LL62 BA/SAPOL)
- South Asian Studies++ (3 years), (TL3Q BA/SASSA)
- South Asian Studies++ (4 years) +, (TLH6 BA/SASSA)
- South East Asian Studies, (TLHP BA/SASEA)
- Study of Religions, (LV66 BA/SRSA)
- Swahili+, (LTQ5 BA/SWSA)
- Thai++, (LTQJ BA/THSA)
- Tibetan++ , (LTPJ BA/SAT)
- Turkish+, (LTP6 BA/TUSA)
- Vietnamese++, (TLJ6 BA/VSA)
+ 4-year degree with (compulsory) one year abroad
++ 3 or 4-year degree with option of one year abroad
* Taught at King’s College London
Key Information Set data
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Most two-subject degrees take three years, but degrees including Arabic, Chinese, Hausa, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Swahili, Turkish and some South East Asian languages are taken over four years, with the first and second years mainly devoted to language study.
Two-subject degree students must take a minimum of 5 units in Anthropology.
Students take core modules which are designed to build up a knowledge of the history of the discipline and relevant theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects. They can choose from a range of optional modules.
Year 1: Two subject degree students take 2 introductory units and 2 units from their other subjects.
Year 2: Combined degree students do to the value of 2 units from the Anthropology side and 2 units from their other subject. The modules in this year are more advanced theoretically and offer a wide choice of ethnographies.
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 South East Asia; East Africa and West Africa), or (in the third year) to be taken as a free-standing option.
- 2 units from other subject
Year 3: The theoretical modules in this year are yet more advanced, and offer a wide range of themes. Contemporary Trends in the Study of Society is recommended for two subject students, but not compulsory. As an alternative, two-subject students may choose modules from the list of anthropology options, or take units from their other subject, subject to completing at least 5 units in anthropology overall.
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
Students who study Social Anthropology develop a wide range of transferable skills such as research, analysis, oral and written communication skills.
The communication skills of anthropologists transfer well to areas such as information and technology, the media and tourism. 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.
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 Social Anthropology, or to make comparative study with other areas. Social Anthropology 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.
For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.
A Student's Perspective
SOAS is a brilliant place to study social anthropology. The broad range of ethnic backgrounds means I can constantly be in touch with many of the issues and topics raised in my study.