SOAS University of London

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

The World in London

Module Code:
152900122
Credits:
15
FHEQ Level:
4
Taught in:
Term 1

We are studying Asia, Africa and the Middle East in London. But what does that mean? How does London shape our understanding of the world? How does the world shape London?

In this module, students will begin their studies of the areas of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The module will use the city-spaces and urban life of London to begin to engage with cultures from these regions as they are transported and transformed as they find roots in this post-imperial centre. Students will learn about the city in which they are studying as a cosmopolitan, and often contested, space, richly diverse, multilingual and multi-ethnic space-a city refined by the cultures of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  1. analyse their position as students studying the world in London
  2. demonstrate an understanding of some of the major ways some communities in London have ‘made it their own’
  3. Critically analyze cultural objects and spaces in London

Scope and syllabus

Topics covered on the syllabus may include but are not limited to:

  • Infrastructures of Empire (Zoos, Museums, Quays)
  • Imagining London from outside
  • Greenwich Mean Time
  • East Africa in London; West Africa in London; South Africa in London
  • South Asia in London
  • South East Asia in London
  • Middle East in London
  • Food
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Sexuality

Method of assessment

  • Reflective Journal (400 words x 4 or 1600 words total) 20%
  • Essay (1500 words) 45%
  • Podcast or recorded presentation (10 minutes) 35%
  • The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page

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