SOAS University of London

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

MA in Cultural Studies

duration:
Full time - 1 year Part time - 2 or 3 years

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£8,785
Overseas fees:
£18,075

Fees for 2017/18 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

2017 Entry requirements

  • Equivalent of a UK 2:1 degree

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The aim of the programme is to offer grounding in the theories on Cultural Studies which draws on Marxism, Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Post-Marxism, Feminism, and Post-Modernism and their use, application and adaption in the cross-cultural contexts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  It provides an examination of the main historical concepts in Western culture such as ideology, power, class, identity, race, nation, subjectivity, representation, and memory and how these are challenged by scholars working in non-Western cultures of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The aim is to explore the different and plural cultural histories and memories of these contexts to which Cultural Studies must adapt.

Theoretical paradigms covered will reflect on issues of class, ‘race’, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, representation and religion. The course will investigate central questions of epistemology and methodology in relation to the application of Cultural Studies theories in non-Western contexts. The programme is theory and practice based and therefore, it draws on case studies from a diversity of cultural practices, genres and contexts to elucidate complex theoretical concepts and challenge their limitations and/or validity in the context of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The programme aims to equip students with sufficient knowledge to understand and evaluate the way in which Cultural Studies theories and methods are used in cross-cultural contexts and hence develop analytic skills for undertaking their own research projects.

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Structure

The Programme will consist of modules valued at 3 units and a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Full-time students will be allowed to enrol for four units during term one (part-time students two or three), if one of the units is a language acquisition unit. At the end of term one they will have to withdraw from one unit, leaving units to the value of three (pro rata for part-time students) and a dissertation.

Core Courses
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Cultural studies theories and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PCSC001 1 Unit Full Year
Dissertation in Cultural Studies 15PCSC999 1 Unit Full Year
Optional Courses

Choose modules to the value of two units from the Lists below. No more than 1 unit can be taken from Group B or C.

Group A (From the Faculty of Languages and Cultures)
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Turkey:Continuity and Change 15PNMC377 1 Unit Full Year
Selected Topics in 20th Century Turkish Literature 15PNMC374 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices 15PNMC411 1 Unit Full Year
Years of Radical change: South Korean cinema from the 'New Wave' to the new millenium 15PJKH009 0.5 Unit Term 1
Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo 15PAFC139 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Japanese Traditional Drama (Masters) 15PEAH013 0.5 Unit Term 1
Modern Japanese Literature (Masters) 15PEAH012 0.5 Unit Term 2
Modern Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC002 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 0.5 Unit Term 1
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 0.5 Unit Term 2
Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC004 1 Unit Full Year
Literatures in African languages 15PAFC124 1 Unit Full Year
Literatures of South Asia 15PSAC284 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia 15PSAC314 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Arabic Literature and the West 15PNMC002 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Film and Society in the Middle East 15PNMC230 1 Unit Full Year
Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) 15PSEH008 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
(Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
English Literatures of South East Asia 15PSEH013 0.5 Unit Term 1
The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 0.5 Unit Term 1
Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Realism and Magical Realism in the Afrophone Novel (PG) 15PAFC146 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Japanese Television since 1953 15PJKC006 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 0.5 Unit Term 1
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Indonesia on Screen(PG) 15PSEH015 0.5 Unit Term 1
Vietnam on Screen (PG) 15PSEH014 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia (PG) 15PSEH017 0.5 Unit Term 2
Directed Readings in a South East Asian Language 15PSEH016 0.5 Unit Term 1
Identity and Language in Hebrew Literature 15PNMC412 1 Unit Full Year
Translating Cultures 15PJKC029 1 Unit Full Year
Research Methods In Translation Studies 15PLIH046 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Group A (From the Faculty of Arts and Humanities)
Department of Anthropology and Sociology
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 0.5 Unit Term 2
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 0.5 Unit Term 1
African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 0.5 Unit Term 2
Centre for Media and Film Studies
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 0.5 Unit Term 1
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 0.5 Unit Term 2
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 0.5 Unit Term 1
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 0.5 Unit Term 2
Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 0.5 Unit Term 1
International Political Communication 15PMSH009 0.5 Unit Term 2
Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 0.5 Unit Term 1
Department of Music
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Atlantic Africa: (P)Layers of Mediation in African Popular Music (PG) 15PMUC009 1 Unit Full Year
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Gender and Music (MMus) 15PMUH009 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Department of the Study of Religions
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Critical Theory and the Study of Religions 15PSRC037 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Myth and Mythmaking 15PSRC164 1.0 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
Muslim Britain: Perspectives and Realities 15PSRC158 1 Unit Full Year
Department of History
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 1 - Making States and Building Nations 15PHIH011 0.5 Unit Term 1
Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 2 - Non-National Perspectives 15PHIH012 0.5 Unit Term 2
Social and Cultural Transformations in Southern Africa Since 1945 15PHIH003 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
The End of Empire in the Middle East & the Balkans 15PHIC004 1 Unit Full Year
Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 0.5 Unit Term 1
Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 0.5 Unit Term 2
Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 0.5 Unit Term 1
Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 0.5 Unit Term 2
Department of Art and Archaeology
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 15PARH048 0.5 Unit Term 2
Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Representing Conflict: A Cross-Cultural and Inter Disciplinary Approach 15PARH039 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts 15PARH034 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Painting and Visual Culture in China 15PARC043 1.0 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
Group B

One African or Asian PG Language unit or one Language-based MA Literature/Film/Media unit may be included as one of the options. See the relevant language department website for course lists.

Group C

One theory unit may be included as an option.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Gender theory and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNC002 1 Unit Full Year
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 1 Unit Full Year
Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 1 Unit Full Year

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

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 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£8,785 £18,075 £4,393 £9,038 £2,928 £6,025
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 00:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

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

Employment

A postgraduate degree in Cultural Studies from SOAS provides its students with expertise in non-European cultures, in-depth regional knowledge, and strong research and critical analysis skills. As well as subject expertise, Postgraduate students are equipped with the transferable skills needed to continue in research as well as the skills needed to enable them to find professional careers in the private and public sectors. These include familiarity with methods of research; the ability to absorb and analyse large quantities of information; organisational skills. 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.

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

A Student's Perspective

I truly appreciate and highly recommend the critical thrust of the course, the outstanding instruction and guidance of the lecturers/tutors, and the multicultural make-up of the class."

Neslie Carol Tan

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