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.

Convenors

Structure

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules.  You may take a 30 credit language acquisition module at appropriate level as one of your modules.

Please follow the structure below.

Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Cultural studies theories and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PCSC001 30 Full Year
Dissertation in Cultural Studies 15PCSC999 60 Full Year
Optional Modules

Students can take 90 credits from List A or 60 credits from List A and 30 credits from either List B or List C. The options below are recommended due to their relevancy to the programme. However, students are allowed to take any postgraduate optional module that SOAS offers (see individual web pages for list), provided they receive the approval of the degree convenor and the relevant course convenor.

List A
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Turkey:Continuity and Change 15PNMC377 30 Full Year
Selected Topics in 20th Century Turkish Literature 15PNMC374 30 Full Year
Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices 15PNMC411 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Years of Radical change: South Korean cinema from the 'New Wave' to the new millenium 15PJKH009 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo 15PAFC139 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Japanese Traditional Drama (Masters) 15PEAH013 15 Term 1
Modern Japanese Literature (Masters) 15PEAH012 15 Term 2
Modern Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC002 30 Full Year
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 15 Term 2
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 15 Term 1
Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC004 30 Full Year
Literatures in African languages 15PAFC124 30 Full Year
Literatures of South Asia 15PSAC284 30 Full Year
The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia 15PSAC314 30 Full Year
Modern Arabic Literature and the West 15PNMC002 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Film and Society in the Middle East 15PNMC230 30 Full Year
Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) 15PSEH008 15 Term 2
(Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 15 Term 2
English Literatures of South East Asia 15PSEH013 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 15 Term 1
Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Realism and Magical Realism in the Afrophone Novel (PG) 15PAFH012 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Sci-fi and Afrofuturism in the Afrophone Novel (PG) 15PAFH013 15 Term 2
Japanese Television since 1953 15PJKC006 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 15 Term 1
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 15 Term 2
Indonesia on Screen(PG) 15PSEH015 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Vietnam on Screen (PG) 15PSEH014 15 Term 2
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia (PG) 15PSEH017 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Directed Readings in a South East Asian Language 15PSEH016 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Identity and Language in Hebrew Literature 15PNMC412 30 Full Year
Research Methods In Translation Studies 15PLIH046 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 2
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 15 Term 1
African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 15 Term 2
Centre for Media and Film Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 15 Term 1
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 15 Term 2
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 15 Term 1
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 15 Term 2
Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 15 Term 1
International Political Communication 15PMSH009 15 Term 2
Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 15 Term 1
Department of Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1
Gender and Music (MMus) 15PMUH009 15 Term 2
Department of the Study of Religions
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Myth and Mythmaking 15PSRC164 1.0 - Not Running 2017/18
Muslim Britain: Perspectives and Realities 15PSRC158 30 Full Year
Department of History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 1 - Making States and Building Nations 15PHIH011 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 2 - Non-National Perspectives 15PHIH012 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Social and Cultural Transformations in Southern Africa Since 1945 15PHIH003 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
The End of Empire in the Middle East & the Balkans 15PHIC004 1.0
Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 15 Term 1
Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 15 Term 2
Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 15 Term 1
Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 15 Term 2
Department of Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 15PARH048 15 Term 1
Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Representing Conflict: A Cross-Cultural and Inter Disciplinary Approach 15PARH039 15 Term 2
Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts 15PARH034 15 Term 2
Painting and Visual Culture in China 15PARC043 30 credits - 1.0 unit
List B

You may only take 30 credits from List B.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Gender theory and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNC002 30 Full Year
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 30 Full Year
Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 30 Full Year
List C

You may take 30 credits from List C.

Africa
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Amharic 1 (PG) 15PAFC130 30 Full Year
Amharic 2 (PG) 15PAFC131 30 Full Year
Hausa 1 (PG) 15PAFC136 30 Full Year
Hausa 2 (PG) 15PAFC138 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Somali 1 (PG) 15PAFC132 30 Full Year
Somali 2 (PG) 15PAFC133 30 Full Year
Swahili 1 (PG) 15PAFC140 30 Full Year
Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) 15PAFC141 30 Full Year
Swahili 3 (PG) 15PAFC142 30 Full Year
Swahili 4 (PG) 15PAFC144 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Yoruba 1 (PG) 15PAFC134 30 Full Year
Yoruba 2 (PG) 15PAFC135 30 Full Year
China and Inner Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Elementary Spoken Cantonese (PG) 15PCHC006 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 30 Full Year
Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 30 Full Year
Japan and Korea
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 30 Full Year
Basic Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 30 Full Year
Basic Korean (PG) 15PJKC022 30 Full Year
Basic Korean 2 (PG) 15PJKC024 30 Full Year
Higher Intermediate Readings in Korean (PG) 15PJKC018 30 Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC010 30 Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC011 30 Full Year
Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 300 (Postgraduate) 15PNMC390 1 unit - 45 cats
Elementary Persian Texts (PG) 15PNMC384 30 Full Year
Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 30 Full Year
Elementary Written Turkish 15PNMC386 30 Full Year
Intermediate Modern Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC383 30 Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Elementary (PG) 15PNMC409 30 Full Year
South Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Bengali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC303 30 Full Year
Bengali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC304 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC295 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC296 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 3 (PG) 15PSAC297 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 4 (PG) 15PSAC308 30 Full Year
Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 30 Full Year
Nepali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC299 30 Full Year
Punjabi Language 1 15PSAC320 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC294 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC306 30 Full Year
Prakrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC309 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC301 30 Full Year
South East Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 30 Full Year
Burmese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC045 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC033 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC034 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 30 Full Year
Thai Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC041 30 Full Year
Thai Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC042 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC037 30 Full Year

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

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

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Knowledge

1. How to analyse and interpret cultural practices critically.
2. How to apply a variety of critical theories to Asian, African and Middle Eastern cultural productions including film, media, literature, art, etc.
3. How to explore a research topic and locate materials, use research sources (particularly research library catalogues and electronic databases) and other relevant traditional sources.
4. How to develop a critical approach to Asian, African and Middle Eastern cultures in which students question the tenets of Western-derived theories and their applicability to non-Western contexts, and through a variety of approaches gain an understanding of the social and political role and function of and role of culture in Asian, African and Middle Eastern societies.
5. The specificity of cultural paradigms of a region or regions of Asia/Africa and the Middle East.
6. A thorough grounding in the theories and methodologies of Cultural Studies

Intellectual (thinking) skills

1. Students are introduced to a number of theoretical approaches to cultural productions such as literature, film and media.
2. Students are taught the importance of how theories raise questions about cultural products.
3. Having successfully completed the programme, students will be able to:
• analyse cultural products in a systematic and creative way from a variety of perspectives
• research the data necessary for making cultural analytical judgements
• evaluate and apply independent research methods
• demonstrate originality in dealing with cultural studies issues
• successfully conduct an advanced independent research project
• formulate and test interpretations
• understand cultural studies practice and critically examine the social and political contexts of cultural production.
4. Students will become aware of and think through problems involved when applying a mainly ‘Western’ body of literary theory to Asian, African and Middle Eastern cultures.

Subject-based practical skills

1. Communicate effectively and analytically in writing on subjects related to cultural studies theories and their application in the contexts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East
2. Retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources.
3. Listen and discuss critically ideas introduced during seminars.
4. Practice research techniques in a variety of specialized research libraries and institutes.
5. Gain knowledge of Asian or African cultures

Subject-based practical skills

1. Communicate effectively and analytically in writing on subjects related to cultural studies theories and their application in the contexts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East
2. Retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources.
3. Listen and discuss critically ideas introduced during seminars.
4. Practice research techniques in a variety of specialized research libraries and institutes.
5. Gain knowledge of Asian or African cultures

Transferrable skills

1. Write good essays and dissertations.
2. Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
3. Question the assumptions or theories and methodologies.
4. Study a variety of written and digital materials, in libraries and research institutes of a kind they will not have used as undergraduates.
5. Present assessed and non – assessed material orally.

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-time Part-time 2 Years Part-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 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

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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