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Social Anthropology of Development and Intensive Persian Language MA

Social Anthropology of Development and Intensive Persian Language MA

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Persian (Farsi) Language Social Anthropology

Course type


Course Summary

Persian - This course will provide students with the opportunity to combine Masters’ level training with intensive study of the Persian language, in order to acquire the skills necessary for future professional or research careers. The course will enable students to engage with the subject of their Masters’ programme in the context of Iran, and the wider Persian speaking world, through the study of modern and classical Persian, to engage with primary Persian sources and data and to conduct research and professional work in Iran or parts of Central Asia. This course would suit students wishing to embark on research degrees with a focus on Iran and the wider Persianate world. Professionals wishing to pursue careers directly related to Iran, 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.

Social Anthropology of Development – This course provides an understanding of the ways in which anthropological approaches and debates inform the study of meanings and concepts in development, its priorities, policies and practice. It attracts students with diverse backgrounds and study/work experiences which makes for a lively and challenging atmosphere. The degree is designed to provide students with a fairly detailed knowledge of anthropology, development issues, research methods and either an ethnographic region (and/or language) and/or thematic interest in health/gender/food/ media. Advice will be given to match the choice of optional components to the requirements, interests, and qualifications of individual students whose background may be in general social science, regional, language or other studies. While the focus of the degree is on development issues and practice, its disciplinary orientation remains anthropological.

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Full time | SOAS, University of London | 2 years | SEP

Study mode

Full time


2 years

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The module provides a thorough grounding in all the major grammatical structures of the Persian language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Persian. It covers phonetics and phonology, verbal morphology and noun classes, and basic tense-aspect-mood distinctions. Communicative practice is established through learning language around dialogues dealing with a range of everyday situations. This is an intensive module with written and oral drills, compositions, and simple composition and translation tasks used to reinforce the grammar points. The module provides students with a comprehensive (rather than basic) knowledge of the major structures of Persian and practice of using Persian in a variety of everyday situations. It allows students to interact with Persian speakers in Persian and enables them to use (read and comprehend) original Persian language sources (unedited newspaper articles and fiction excerpts) with the help of a dictionary. This provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Persian language and the history, society and culture associated with Persian.
Dissertation (60 Credits)

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University information

SOAS University of London is home to a large postgraduate community, with 45% of students studying towards a taught or research degree. SOAS University of London welcomes the brightest minds to study on its central London campus with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues. All SOAS courses provide students with an understanding of complex contemporary issues and knowledge of non-Western theories. SOAS...more