SOAS University of London

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

MA Comparative Literature (Africa / Asia)

duration:
One calendar year (full-time). Two or three years (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two-and-a-half and three days a week free to pursue their course of study.

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,225
Overseas fees:
£18,980

Fees for 2018/19 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

2018 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The opportunity to move from the familiar Euro-American literary canons into the fresh but less well known worlds of African and Asian literature is what attracts most students to this popular MA.

At SOAS, students benefit from the unique expertise in this vast field possessed by the school’s faculty.

This expertise is available to students interested in studying these literatures through English - including both original English language literatures of Africa and Asia and literature written in African and Asian languages presented through English translations.

While exploring new horizons and breaking out of the Euro-centric space in which comparative literature has developed so far, the programme covers the major theoretical contributions made by Western scholars.

In doing so, it constructs a unique multi-cultural domain for the study of literature and its location in culture and society.

A prior knowledge of an African or Asian language is not a requirement for admission to this degree.

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.
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 30 Full Year
Dissertation in Cultural Studies 15PCSC999 60 Full Year
Optional Modules

Students can take 90 credits from the list below or 60 credits from the list below and a 30 credit language acquisition module.

English Based Options
Module Code Credits Term Availability
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
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
Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo 15PAFC139 30 Full Year 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
African Philosophy (PG) 15PAFH008 15 Term 2
Afrophone Philosophies (PG) 15PAFH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Sci-fi and Afrofuturism in the Afrophone Novel (PG) 15PAFH013 15 Term 2
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea (Masters) 15PJKH005 15 Term 2
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH006 15 Term 1
Literatures of South Asia 15PSAC284 30 Full Year
English Literatures of South East Asia 15PSEH013 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 30 Full Year
Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) 15PSEH008 15 Term 2
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia (PG) 15PSEH017 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asia Literatures in Translation (Masters) 15PSEH009 15 Term 1
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 15 Term 2
Modern Arabic Literature and the West 15PNMC002 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Culture, Society and Politics in Classical Arabic Literature 15PNMC426 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
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
Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 15 Term 1
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 15 Term 2
Turkey:Continuity and Change 15PNMC377 30 Full Year
Language Based Options:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Readings in Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH021 15 Term 2
Social and Political Trends in 19th Century Turkish Literature 15PNMC373 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Selected Topics in 20th Century Turkish Literature 15PNMC374 30 Full Year
Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature 15PNMC347 30 Full Year
Modern Palestinian Literature (PG) 15PNMC379 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Literature 15PSAC003 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Directed Readings in the Literature of a Modern South Asian Language 15PSAC016 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Directed Readings in a South East Asian Language 15PSEH016 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Literature & Colonialism in North India 155901295 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Narratives of Mobility in Contemporary Hindi Literature (Masters) 15PSAH006 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Identity and Language in Hebrew Literature 15PNMC412 30 Full Year
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
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 Not Running 2017/2018
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

Contact Hours

One-year Masters programmes consist of 180 credits. 120 credits are taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks); the dissertation makes up the remaining 60 units. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework and revising for examinations. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

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 2018/19 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
£9,225 £18,980 £4,613 £9,490 £3,075 £6,327
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2018-06-05 00:00

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

Employment

A postgraduate degree in Comparative Literature (Africa/Asia) provides students with competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding.  Familiarity with the selected region will have been developed through a combination of the study of it's literature and exploration of contemporary literary theories. Some graduates leave SOAS to pursue careers directly related to their study area, while others have made use of the intellectual training for involvement in analysing and solving many of the problems that contemporary societies now face.  

Postgraduate students gain linguistic and cultural expertise enabling them to continue in the field of research or to seek professional and management careers in the business, public and charity sectors. They leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including written and oral communication skills; attention to detail; analytical and problem solving skills; and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.  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

This course has challenged me to question my preconceived notions of binaries and absolutes, allowing me to develop a more nuanced interpretation of different literary traditions

Sheena Yingling Kang

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