SOAS University of London

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

MA Postcolonial Studies (2020 entry)

Select year of entry: 2020 2019

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Overview

The MA Postcolonial Studies Programme offers a focus on the historical relationships of power, domination and practices of imperialism and colonialism in the modern period (late nineteenth-century to the present) through the study of literature and culture. 

The core module will introduce a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to the literature, film and media of these areas. A range of literary, filmic and theoretical texts from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Near and Middle East will normally be included in the reading list. These will address representations of colonialism and decolonisation, neo-colonialism, nationalism in postcolonial societies and diasporic experiences, allowing us to explore the heterogeneous meanings, intersections and strategies of analysis that have emerged with reference to postcolonial studies. 

Attention will be paid to colonial and postcolonial constructs such as: the Oriental, the Global, the Cosmopolitan, the Third World and the multicultural. The core module of the programme introduces and analyses interdisciplinary theories and ideological practices around a set of historical and current issues from various regions of Asia and Africa. The range of minors offers students more opportunities to explore interdisciplinarity and regional specificities.

Why this programme is special at SOAS

Postcolonial MA Programmes offered in London and other UK institutions are located within the field of English Studies or the Social Sciences. The Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) is uniquely positioned to offer an inter-disciplinary Postcolonial Studies MA programme which gives students an opportunity to understand and negotiate the field of postcolonial studies with recourse to interdisciplinarity and to theoretical explications from the regions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. SOAS offers a unique range of regional expertise available amongst the CCLPS’s faculty membership. The Programme also offers a timely intervention at a time when there is a national and international crisis in the understanding of multiculturalism, race relations and religious and national affiliations.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

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Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,685
Overseas fees:
£19,930

Fees for 2019/20 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

Convenors

Q&A

Dr David Lunn introduces the MA Postcolonial Studies and explains what makes the course so special.

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Q&A video with David Lunn, MA Postcolonial Studies

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.

Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Cultural, Literary, and Postcolonial Studies 15PCSC999 60 Full Year
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 30 Full Year
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Guided Options and Open Options

Students can select 60 credits from the list of Guided Options below and 30 credits from the list of Postgraduate Open Options.

Regional Literatures and Cultures:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Palestinian Literature (PG) 15PNMC379 15 Term 1
Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo 15PAFC139 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
Translating Cultures 2 15PJKH020 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Modern Japanese Literature (PG) 15PEAH012 15 Term 2
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
Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature 15PNMC347 30 Full Year
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asia Literatures in Translation (Masters) 15PSEH009 15 Term 1
English Literatures of South East Asia 15PSEH013 15 Term 2
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia (PG) 15PSEH017 15 Term 1
African Philosophy (PG) 15PAFH008 15 Term 1
The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia 15PSAC314 30 Full Year
Philosophy and Decolonisation (PG) 15PAFH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Realism and Magical Realism in the African Novel (PG) 15PAFH012 15 Term 1
Sci-fi and Afrofuturism in the African Novel (PG) 15PAFH013 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Media and Film:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
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 Not Running 2019/2020
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 15 Term 1
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (PG) 15PCHH001 15 Term 1
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora (PG) 15PCHH002 15 Term 2
The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 15 Term 1
Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Film and Society in the Middle East 15PNMC230 30 Full Year
Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) 15PSEH008 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Vietnam on Screen (PG) 15PSEH014 15 Term 1
Indonesia on Screen(PG) 15PSEH015 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
(Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Global Media and Postnational Communication: Theoretical & Contemporary Issues 15PMSC003 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
Gender Studies:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 15 Term 1
Gender theory and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNC002 30 Full Year
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 15 Term 2
Gendering Migration & Diasporas 15PGNH002 15 Term 1
Diaspora Studies:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 15 Term 1
African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 15 Term 2
Law:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 15 Term 2
Law and Postcolonial Theory 15PLAH050 15 Term 2
Politics and History:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 30 Full Year
The Making of the Contemporary World 15PHIH035 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

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.

Knowledge

  • To develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the histories, politics and theoretical concepts deployed by the term Postcolonial, postcolonialism and postcoloniality.
  • How to think critically about the contexts of exploration and colonialism in relation to postcolonial societies.
  • Understanding different approaches to culture, nationalism, multiculturalism, migration, gender and race in the context of post-colonial societies.

Intellectual (thinking) skills

  • Critically analyse a variety of theoretical material
  • Demonstrate an ability to understand academic conventions and to write analytically and reflectively
  • Construct and present arguments, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate an ability to think critically about postcolonial issues in a number of disciplines
  • Engender original approaches and strategies

Subject-based practical skills

  • Write effectively and analytically
  • Retrieve, sift and analyse information from a variety of sources.
  • Present to audiences: listen, engage and interact.
  • Practice research techniques in a variety of specialized research libraries and institutes

Transferrable skills

  • Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Critically evaluate arguments
  • Formally present their research findings to a public audience
  • Integrate as team members in a group
  • Utilise a variety of multi-media academic resources
  • Work within a set deadline period

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 2019/20 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second & subsequent years of study will be higher. Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

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£9,685 £19,930 £4,843 £9,965 £3,228 £6,643 £4,843 £9,965

Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2020-01-31 15:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2020-01-31 15:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2020-02-20 15:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2020-02-20 15:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2020-02-20 15:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2020-06-05 15:00

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

Employment

MA Postcolonial Studies graduates gain competency in intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the subject wiill be developed through the study of literature, film and media of these areas. Graduates leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector. These include: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

The interdisciplinary nature of the program creates a profound synthesis of academic fields that is invigorating and challenging. I can't recommend this course enough for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of our contemporary world.

Tetsuhiko Endo

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