SOAS University of London

Africa Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Advanced somali: literature and culture

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


A minimum pre-requisite is to have passed Advanced Somali: Formal Usage. Other students will be assessed by the convenor as to whether their level of Somali competence is good enough or not.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module the students will have a solid foundation in Somali literature from the late nineteenth century to the present. Given the strong relation between literature and political circumstances the students will also gain some insight into important periods of Somali history. 

Students will master the terminology related to literature (in both Somali and English) and will have an understanding of the formal stylistic requirements, recognizing and naming the major metrical patterns and understanding how this and alliteration are used creatively by poets


A total of 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination in May/June 60%); one essay of 2,500/3,000 words to be submitted on last day, term 1 (20%); one essay of 2,500/3,000 words to be submitted on last day, term 2 (20%)

Suggested reading

A comprehensive reading list for this module will be supplied by the convenor at the beginning of the module .


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