SOAS University of London

Africa Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Swahili 4

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2017/2018
Year of study:
Year 3, Year 3 of 4 or Year 4 of 4
Taught in:
Full Year
The aim of this module is to deepen the student’s understanding of Swahili literature through texts of different genres located in their respective historical contexts. In addition to a literary discussion of the texts, attention will also be paid to interrelated themes, and to their relevance to current East African societies


Successful completion of Swahili 2A Intermediate (or equivalent).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, a student should be able to read and analyze Swahili literary texts using the medium of the Swahili language. Based on a critical engagement with theoretical concepts and the possibilities of their application to literary texts, the module will develop the student's practical ability to speak and write in Swahili about Swahili novels, short stories, poems or plays. The student will also acquire detailed knowledge of the history and trends in Swahili literature.


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours per week classes plus 1 hour per week conversation.

Method of assessment

An essay of 2000 words to be submitted on day 5, week 7 term 1 (15%); an essay of 2000 words to be submitted on day 5, week 1, term 2 (15%); an essay of 4000 words to be submitted on day 5, week 1, term 3 (30%);  a 10 minute oral presentation (10%); a 10 minute oral presentation (10%); a 20 minute oral presentation (20%).

Suggested reading

The reading list for this module will be made available from the convenor at the beginning of the module.


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