SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The two'subject history degree provides a high standard of training in history as an academic discipline and develops in students an in'depth understanding and appreciation of the history of Africa and Asia and combines it with the study of another discipline or language. The department also offers elective courses in Chinese on various levels for students wishing to obtain or improve Chinese language skills in the context of other degree programmes.

Course Modules

History: All years: modules include: approaches to history; further introductory histories; regional history; introduction to the history of Africa; introduction to the history of East Asia; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; introduction to the history of South Asia; introduction to the history of South East Asia; culture and identity in modern South Asia; Gandhi and Gandhiism; the Middle East in the period of the Crusades, 1050'1291; cities of paradise and empire, Turks, Mongols and Mamluks 1054'1500; the making of the modern Middle East; Islamic reformism in South East Asia 1760'196; Islamic reformism in South East Asia 1760'1960; South East Asia during the Cold War 1945'1991; society and culture in 20th'century Africa; gender, sex and identity in Africa; race, class and culture in the history of Southern Africa; Atlantic slavery and its legacies: Western Africa 1500'2000; society, environment and state in the history of China; history of gender in China; modern Japan; modern China; Manchu society and culture: an alternative history of China (1600'1997); traders, believers, rebels: a social history of Islam in China (650'2008); Nehru and India's modernity, 1936'64; body, power and society in Early India; histories of partition: India and Palestine; reform, resistance and revolution: the Ottoman Empire 1876'1909; history of Iran: Qajars to the Islamic Republic; rulers, rebels and scholars in Early Islam, 600'1200; the creation of modern Burma 1852'1941; violence, identity and politics in modern East and North East Africa; Asante, the Gold Coast and the British, 1807'1935; opium and empires, 1773 to 1919: China, India and Britain; the First World War in the Middle East and Jerusalem; city and country in modern Japan; Christianity in China (1600'1949); independent study project (Asian and African history). Chinese (modern and classical): Year 1: Elementary modern Chinese language 1; history and culture of China; introduction to classical Chinese; elementary modern Chinese language 2. Year 2: Year abroad. Year 3: Intermediate modern Chinese language 1; intermediate modern Chinese language; traditional Chinese language and literature 1; optional modules: Modern Chinese film and theatre; elementary Cantonese; elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese). Year 4: Dissertation in Chinese studies; optional modules: Advanced modern Chinese language; modern Chinese literature; traditional Chinese language and literature 2; styles of modern Chinese literary language; elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • Course specific

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