BA Swahili and...

Programme Code: See May be Combined With

Duration: Combined Honours - 4 years

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 4 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

Minimum Entry Requirements: No preliminary knowledge of the subject or the language is required, although we do look for the ability to learn a language (e.g. language at A-level or equivalent). Applicants with non-standard qualifications may be invited for an interview.

Subjects Preferred: A foreign language at A level, or equivalent, is preferred

Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications usually invited

Swahili, which belongs to the Bantu family of languages, is spoken as a mother-tongue on the east coast of Africa from the southern part of Somalia to the northern areas of Msumbiji (Mozambique) including the islands of Lamu, Pemba, Zanzibar, Mafia and the Comoros.

Spoken extensively in Tanzania, Kenya, some parts of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo, Swahili has a long literary tradition, expressed in earlier centuries in the Arabic script, and is rich in oral literature. It is the national language of Tanzania and an official language of Kenya.

This 4-year degree combines the study of the language of Swahili with another language or discipline. The range of expertise in S.O.A.S. with regard to languages and literatures of other regions is unique in UK institutions. Along with proven excellence in other disciplines, such as religious studies, anthropology, art and archaeology, and history, this offers students an unparalleled range of options in choosing their second subject of study.

Combinations

May be combined with

  • Development Studies,(LTY5)
  • Economics, (LTD5)
  • French*,
  • Geography**, (LTT5)
  • History, (TVN1)
  • History of Art/Archaeology, (VT35)
  • International Relations, (LT2M)
  • Law, (MTD5)
  • Linguistics, (QTD5)
  • Music,(TWN3)
  • Politics, (LTG5)
  • Social Anthropology, (LTQ5)
  • Study of Religions, (TVN6)
  • World Philosophies (T511)

* Taught at University College London (UCL); apply to UCL only

** Taught at King’s College London

Structure

Students must take modules to the value of 120 credits each year. Over the four years students must pass at least 240 credits in Swahili (this includes the course Language in Africa) and at least 150 credits in the other subject.

Students must pass 90 credits in order to proceed to the following year. Students must pass Swahili I in order to proceed to year 2. Students must pass Swahili IIA in order to proceed to year 3.

Students may take open option modules to the value of 30 credits per year in a joint degree as long as the required number of credits for each of the named subjects is passed at the end of the degree.

Year 1

Core Module

  • Swahili 1 155900985 (30 credits) Full Year

Compulsory Module

  • Language in Africa 155900867 (30 credits) Full Year

Other Subject

Students take 60 credits in the second subject.

Year 2

Core Module

  • Swahili 2a Intermediate 155900986 (30 credits) Full Year

Compulsory Module

  • Swahili 2b - introduction to Swahili literature 155900987 (30 credits) Full Year

Other Subject

Students take 60 credits in the second subject.

Year 3: Year abroad

Students spend a compulsory year abroad. Please see the Teaching & Learning tab for more details.

Year 4

Compulsory Module

Choose ONE of the following modules:

  • Swahili 4 155900636 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Theory and practice of Swahili translation 155901259 (30 credits) Full Year

Optional Module

Choose 30 credits from the list of optional modules

Other Subject

Students take 60 credits in the second subject.

List of Optional Modules

Before selecting a module, student's must first check that it is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

  • Filmmaking and Curatorial Practices in the Age of Festivalization 155902002 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • African Filmmaking: From the 1960s to the Present 155902007 (15credits) Term 1
  • Sci-fi and Afrofuturism in the Afrophone Novel 155902006 (15credits) Term 2
  • Realism and Magical Realism in the Afrophone Novel 155902005 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in Africa: Past and Present 158000185 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Islamic Reform Movements in Modern Africa 158000190 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • African Philosophy 155901397 (15credits) Term 2
  • Afrophone Philosophies 155901398 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • South African Film and Visual Culture: Before and During Apartheid 155902001 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • South African Film and Visual Culture 1994-2014 155902003 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Contemporary African literature 155900839 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Fictions of History 155901013 (30 credits) Full Year
  • African language literatures (oral and written) 155900677 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Southern Spaces 152900102 (15credits) Term 2
  • The structure of Bantu languages 155902004 (15credits) Term 2
  • Theory and practice of Swahili translation 155901259 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Extended essay in African studies (a) 155900762 (15credits) Term 1
  • Extended essay in African studies (b) 155901188 (15credits) Term 2
  • Independent study project in African studies 155900763 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Directed study of an African language 155900934 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Black Urban Studies 151230001 (15credits) Term 1
  • History of Slavery: Britain and Slavery 151230005 (15credits) Term 1
  • Music in Africa 155800022 (30 credits) Full Year
  • The World of Cuban Music 155800058 (15credits) Term 1
  • African Art III: the Art and Architecture of North Eastern Africa 154900132 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Religion, Power and Society in Modern Africa 158000005 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Africans in the Americas: Identities and Representation 154900166 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Amharic 1 155900832 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Amharic 2 155900378 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hausa 1 155900834 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hausa 2(a) intermediate 155900324 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Hausa 2(b) survey of Hausa literature 155900818 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Hausa 3(a) advanced 155900327 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Hausa 3 (b) selected texts 155900603 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Somali 1 155900831 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Somali 2 155900811 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Advanced Somali: formal usage 155901291 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Advanced Somali: literature and culture 155901292 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Swahili 1 155900985 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 2a Intermediate 155900986 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 2b - introduction to Swahili literature 155900987 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 3 155900635 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 4 155900636 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Theory and practice of Swahili translation 155901259 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Yoruba 1 155900833 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Yoruba 2 155900935 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Zulu 1 155900840 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Zulu 2 155900851 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

Year abroad

The third year of the BA Swahili and Another Subject or BA African Language and Culture is spent in Kenya and Tanzania at the following institutions where students are taught by experienced local lecturers and guest speakers, with oversight by S.O.A.S. Swahili Year Abroad Convenor. Students are also taken on local tours of places of cultural and historical interest at little or no additional cost. Year abroad programmes run from September to May of the following year and involve 20 to 25 hours of instruction per week. While the syllabus differs somewhat from one institution to the other, the prime focus throughout is on enhancing the students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in Modern Standard Swahili, as well as knowledge of the local varieties of Swahili language, culture, and society.

  • Term 1: Zanzibar State University (Tanzania)
  • Term 2: Kenyatta University (Kenya)
  • Term 3: Students are free to spend Term 3 anywhere in East Africa but there will be no teaching during that term.

During Term 3 students are expected to write an ISP (Independent Study Project) of 3500 words in Swahili, on a subject of their choice. The essay must be sent to S.O.A.S. Swahili Convenor by the last Friday of Term 3.

In order to be admitted to the final year of their degree students will need to have passed the assessments at the year abroad institution, and to have attained a pass grade on their I.S.P. which will be marked by S.O.A.S. Swahili Year Abroad Convenor. Students will be encouraged to use feedback to revise and prepare the essay for possible publication.

Students who fail the year abroad examinations or fail to submit their I.S.P.s are deemed to have failed the year abroad.

Program taught in:
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