SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Swahili 3

Module Code:
Unit value:
Year of study:
Year 3, Year 3 of 4 or Year 4 of 4
Taught in:
Full Year
The aim of the course is to deepen the student’s awareness of Swahili through the study of texts which belong to, and are produced in, both written and oral contexts. Students will examine the use of language in politics, religion, literature, songs and in the translation of classical works. By the end of the course, a student should have acquired an understanding of range of styles and registers of the language.


Swahili II (or equivalent).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the course, a student should be able to have a confident command of advanced Swahili grammar; have extensive knowledge of vocabulary in a range of areas of human life (health, humour, ethnic and cultural identity, clothing, dressing, animals, plants, and their role in Swahili culture) as well as of specialized scholarly areas (religion, literature, political discourse, certain philosophical concepts); and be familiar with fundamental realities of Swahili culture. The student will also develop appropriate practical written, aural, and oral skills to express the newly acquired knowledge.


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week. 2 hours per week classes and 1 hour per week conversation.

Method of assessment

One written examination (85%) and an oral exam (15%) taken in May/June.

Suggested reading

The reading list for this course will be made available from the convenor at the beginning of the course.


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