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MA Anthropology of Food and Intensive Language (Swahili)

SOAS University of London

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    SOAS, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Overview

Anthropology of Food - Our MA programme in the Anthropology of Food offers you the opportunity to explore historically and culturally variable foodways, from foraging to industrial agriculture, from Europe and North America to Africa, Asia and South America.

You will study the passage of food from plant to palate, and examine who benefits, and who suffers, from contemporary modes of food production, exchange, preparation, and consumption. You will also explore the role of food in human migrations and investigate the formation of regional and national cuisines. As well as examine food fears and food safety and concerns over ‘nutrition transition’.

Debates over the impact of agricultural biotechnology on agrarian livelihoods and knowledge systems, as well as on the natural environment, are assessed. Movements toward organic agriculture, veganism and vegetarianism, fair trade, and slow food are also analysed.

An anthropological approach to the study of food draws upon and challenges the perspectives of other disciplines, whether agronomy or nutritional science, economics or law, history or literature.

This programme has a first-rate graduate employability record, with graduates moving on to find employment in food-related government ministries, international organisations, development agencies, or non-governmental associations.

Swahili - This two-year programme will provide students with the opportunity to combine Masters’ level training with intensive study of an African language (Swahili) in order to acquire the skills necessary for future professional or research careers. The programme will enable students to engage with the subject of their Masters’ programme in Africa through an African language, to engage with sources and data in an African language and to conduct research and professional work in Africa.

This programme is also aimed at professionals wishing to pursue careers directly related to Africa, including government departments (of both the UK and other countries), and in firms requiring particular skills and knowledge related to trading, investment and promotional interests outside Europe.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge

  • Discipline-based factual knowledge, familiarity with scholarly literature;
  • Ability to engage in spoken and written communication, including reading of scholarly texts in modern Swahili (to different degrees depending on entry levels);Assessment through unseen examinations, long essays, course work and a dissertation.
  • To acquire/develop skills in a language to Effective Operational Proficiency level.

Intellectual (thinking) skills

  • Acquisition through intensive Swahili language study and study abroad, to include critical reflection on language study, styles and registers of language in texts;Assessment through unseen examinations, course work, long essays and a dissertation, together with the incorporation of Swahili-language materials in coursework and exams on the student’s concurrent MA.
  • To demonstrate awareness of the conceptual and communicative underpinnings of a language and through this interlinguistic and intercultural understanding.

Subject-based practical skills

  • Acquisition of spoken and written modern Swahili through intensive language study.
  • Assessment: By unseen examination and course work.
  • Communicate in written and spoken medium in contemporary African language.

Transferable skills

  • Engage with people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, understand the role of different frames of reference.

Application deadline

30 June 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 22,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

SOAS University of London

  • University League Table

    48th

  • Campus address

    SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, Camden, WC1H 0XG, England

SOAS is one of the leading centres for international foundation and pre-master's study in the UK, bringing 35 years' expertise to innovative programmes.
The programmes allow students to create their own pathway to a degree by combining options from social sciences, humanities and business/economics.
SOAS is one of the UK's most international universities, with around half of SOAS' students coming from outside the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    18th out of 29 3

    7th out of 9 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    148 74%

    11th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    40.0 40%

    27th

    13
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.84 77%

    21st

    7
  • Entry standards

    / Max 197
    144 72%

    7th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%

    1st

    3
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.69 74%

    7th

    3

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