BA Social Anthropology (dual degree option)

General

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Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time


Our BA Social Anthropology Degree explores what it is to be human in a complex and changing world. You will study the great variety of beliefs and practices that exist around the world, from remote communities to global cities. You will learn theoretical frameworks and question your own assumptions, helping you to think creatively about how to address global problems.

Bridging the humanities and social sciences, anthropology offers a unique approach grounded in real-world research allowing for a greater understanding of cultural differences, political dynamics, social conflict, and human creativity.

Studying at SOAS is unique as it draws from the regional expertise of our academics in Asian, African, and Middle Eastern languages and societies. If you are passionate about understanding human society and behaviour and want to learn to think critically about the world around you, then Anthropology at SOAS is for you.

The Combined Honours degree may be combined with:

  • African Studies, (TL56 BA/SAAF)
  • Arabic+, (LT66 BA/SAA)
  • Chinese+, (LT61 BA/SACH)
  • Development Studies, (LL96 BA/SADVS)
  • Economics, (LL16 BA/SAEC)
  • Hebrew +, (LQ64 BA/SAHE)
  • History, (LV61 BA/SAH)
  • History of Art/Archaeology (V350 BA/HAR)
  • International Relations (LL26S09 BA/IRSA)
  • Japanese+, (LT62 BA/SAJ)
  • Japanese Studies (TL26 BA/JSSA)
  • Korean+, (LTPL BA/SAKO)
  • Law, (LM61 BA/SALW)
  • Linguistics, (LQ61 BA/LGSA)
  • Middle Eastern Studies (TL66 BA/MESSA)
  • Music,(LW63 BA/SAMS)
  • Persian+, (LTQ6 BA/SAP) ( + Compulsory Year Abroad which is split between 2 countries)
  • Politics, (LL62 BA/SAPOL)
  • South Asian Studies++ (3 years), (TL3Q BA/SASSA)
  • South Asian Studies++ (4 years) +, (TLH6 BA/SASSA)
  • South-East Asian Studies, (TLHP BA/SASEA)
  • Study of Religions, (LV66 BA/SRSA)
  • Turkish+, (LTP6 BA/TUSA)

+ 4-year degree with (compulsory) one year abroad
++ 3 or 4-year degree with the option of one year abroad

Why study Social Anthropology at SOAS

  • Our Anthropology Department is ranked 6 in the UK and 16 in the world in the 2019 QS World University Rankings.
  • We draw on the exceptional regional expertise of our academics in Asian, African, and Middle Eastern languages and politics, many of whom have joined us with practical working knowledge of their disciplines.
  • You will be joining our thriving community of alumni and academics who have an impact on the world outside of academia.
  • You will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our optional modules and/or optional modules from other departments, including the opportunity to learn a regional language.
  • We are specialists in the delivery of languages. Your command of a second language at SOAS will set you apart from graduates of other universities.

This programme has a first-rate graduate employability record, with graduates having moved on to work for a range of organisations such as Deloitte, The New York Times and the British Council.

Employment

A degree from the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS will develop your understanding of the world, other peoples’ ways of life and how society is organised.

Skills gained include:

  • methods of social anthropological investigation,
  • linguistic familiarity,
  • the ability to think laterally and employ critical reasoning,
  • analytical skills,
  • problem-solving skills,
  • the ability to formulate sound arguments,
  • ability to interpret and explain complex information clearly,
  • communication and presentation skills.

Choosing to study a combined degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills.

Graduates go on to work in areas such as information and technology, government service, teaching or work in the media and tourism. Others are interested in specialising further through postgraduate studies.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including a range of NGOs, charitable and voluntary sector organisations:

  • Deloitte
  • The New York Times
  • British Council
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development)
  • Action on Hearing Loss
  • Hackney Migrant Centre

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Gender Violence Outreach Worker
  • Film Editor
  • Dance Therapist
  • Web Developer
  • Food Bank Organiser
  • Project Officer
  • Journalist
  • School and College Relations Officer
  • Junior Analyst
  • Radio Production Assistant

Structure

BA Social Anthropology option:

Students take 120 credits per year composed of a core, compulsory and optional modules.

All students are expected to take the core and compulsory modules.

Students are entitled to select up to 30 credits of open option modules per year. These modules are based in other departments within the School either in another subject or a language option.

BA Social Anthropology Combined Honoured Degree option:

Students take 120 credits per year composed of core, and optional modules.

All students are expected to take the core and compulsory modules.

In years one and two, students will take 60 credits in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and 60 credits in their second subject.

In year three, students are entitled to select up to 30 credits of open option modules. These modules are based in other departments within the School either in another subject or a language option.

Year 1

Core Modules

All students are expected to take the following core modules, totalled at 60 credits.

  • Introduction to Social Anthropology

and

  • Social Theory

Compulsory Module

All students must take the compulsory module worth 30 credits.

and

  • Voice and Place

and

Open Option

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

Year 1 (Combined Honours Degree)

Core Modules

All students are expected to take the following core modules, totalled at 60 credits.

  • Introduction to Social Anthropology

and

  • Social Theory

and

Second Subject

All students are expected to take module(s) at 60 credits from the second subject.

Year 2

Core Module

All students are expected to take the following core modules:

  • Theory in Anthropology
  • Ethnography in Practice

and

Compulsory Module

Choose from List of Ethnography of a Selected Region module(s) below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Guided Option

Choose from Option List Year 2 module(s) below to the value of 15 credits.

and

Choose from Option List Year 2 module(s) below to the value of 30 credits.

or

Open Option

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits.

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

Year 2 (Combined Honours Degree)

Core Module

All students are expected to take the following core module, worth 30 credits.

  • Theory in Anthropology

and

Compulsory Module

Choose from List of Ethnography of a Selected Region module(s) below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Second Subject

All students are expected to take module(s) at 60 credits from the second subject.

Year 3

Guided Option

All students are expected to take the following core module worth 45 credits.

  • Contemporary Trends in the Study of Society

and

Guided Option

Choose from Option List Year 3 module(s) below to the value of 45 credits.

and

Choose from Option List Year 3 module(s) below to the value of 30 credits.

or

Open Option

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits.

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

Year 3 (Combined Honours Degree)

Guided Option

Choose from Option List Year 3 module(s) below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Guided Option

Choose from Option List Year 3 module(s) below, or second subject to the value of 60 credits.

and

Open Option

Choose module(s) at the value of 30 credits.

or

Guided Option

Choose from Option List Year 3 module(s) below, or second subject to the value of 30 credits.

Please note that final year students may not take any introductory level modules, including languages.

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

List of modules (subject to availability)

  • Ethnography of a Selected Region Modules
    • Ethnography of China
    • Ethnography of Japan
    • Ethnography of South Asia
    • Ethnography of South East Asia
    • Ethnography of Near and Middle East
    • Ethnography of East Africa
    • Ethnography of West Africa
  • Year 2 Single-Subject Option List
    • African and Asian Cultures in the Diaspora
    • Anthropology and Film
    • Anthropology of Globalisation
    • Anthropology of Human Rights
    • Ethnography in Practice
    • New Media and Society
    • New Religious Movements in Africa, Asia and the Middle East
    • Introduction to Legal Anthropology
    • Mind, Culture and Psychiatry
    • The Anthropology of African and Asian Communities in British Society
    • The Anthropology of Gender
  • Year 3 Option List
    • African and Asian Cultures in the Diaspora
    • Anthropology and Film
    • Anthropology of Globalisation
    • Anthropology of Human Rights
    • Ethnography of China
    • Ethnography of Japan
    • Ethnography of South Asia
    • Ethnography of South East Asia
    • Ethnography of Near and Middle East
    • Ethnography of East Africa
    • Ethnography of West Africa
    • New Media and Society
    • New Religious Movements in Africa, Asia and the Middle East
    • Advanced Ethnographic Study
    • Independent Study Project in Social Anthropology
    • Introduction to Legal Anthropology
    • Mind, Culture and Psychiatry
    • The Anthropology of African and Asian Communities in British Society
    • The Anthropology of Gender

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. An application form and details of courses can be found on their website. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words, you could apply to do the same subject, for example, economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

Entry Requirements

Mature students may be considered on the basis of alternative qualifications and experience. We do not require applicants to have particular disciplinary backgrounds.

  • Subjects Preferred: A foreign language at GCSE, A level, or equivalent, is desirable but not essential.
  • A-Levels: AAB-ABB
    IB: 35 (665 at HL)
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications usually invited.

Alternative entry requirements

  • BTEC: DDM
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
  • Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 5 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 80%
  • French Bacc: 14/20
  • German Abitur: 2.0
  • Italy DES: 80/100
  • Austria Mat: 2.0
  • Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated October 2019

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