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The aim of the programme is to offer grounding in the theories on Cultural Studies which draws on Marxism, Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Post-Marxism, Feminism, and Post-Modernism and their use, application and adaption in the cross-cultural contexts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. It provides an examination of the main historical concepts in Western culture such as ideology, power, class, identity, race, nation, subjectivity, representation, and memory and how these are challenged by scholars working in non-Western cultures of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The aim is to explore the different and plural cultural histories and memories of these contexts to which Cultural Studies must adapt.
Theoretical paradigms covered will reflect on issues of class, ‘race’, gender,
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MA Cultural Studies in SOAS is a course where I was forced to question my perceptions, reexamine my beliefs, and widen my (mental) map. What's even better is that all of these were done in an open-minded, scholarly atmosphere where nobody is an 'Other'. I truly appreciate and highly recommend the critical thrust of the course, the outstanding instruction and guidance of the lecturers/tutors, and the multicultural make-up of the class.
The library is unbelievably well stocked with texts spanning across different disciplinary, temporal and linguistic spheres….. The knowledge and enthusiasm regarding South Asia at SOAS made me proud of belonging to the region as well as embarrassed of how little I knew about it… The course on South Asia taught me to nuance my research interests by widening my scope of study. No region can be studied in isolation and studying comparative cultures of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh changed the way I looked at my own culture and made me appreciate the similarities and differences in the others.
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