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Anthropology of Food and Intensive Persian Language MA

Anthropology of Food and Intensive Persian Language MA

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Persian (Farsi) Language Cookery Of Specific Cultures Anthropology

Course type

Taught

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.

Anthropology of Food - Food is a fundamental human necessity, essential to the sustenance of the human body. At the same time, food may be associated with pleasure, passion, even luxury. Food is also essential to the social body. Who eats what, who eats with whom, and whose appetites are satisfied and whose denied, are all profoundly social dynamics through which identities, relationships, and hierarchies are created and reproduced. The SOAS MA programme in the Anthropology of Food offers students 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. The programme asks students to trace the passage of food from plant to palate, and to examine who benefits, and who suffers, from contemporary modes of food production, exchange, preparation, and consumption. Students examine food policy at national and international levels, as well as the role played in its formation by the food industry.

Focus is given to the study of famine and the controversial role of food aid in securing food supplies. 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, fair trade, and slow food are also analysed.

Different course options

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

Study mode

Full time

Duration

2 years

Start date

SEP

Modules

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)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£9,685

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£19,930

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

To be confirmed

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