SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The BA programme in Development Studies is a combined honours degree, allowing students to blend a critical awareness of international development, with a solid grounding in another discipline or subject area. This allows Development Studies students to place the knowledge they gain as part of their degree within a specific regional, cultural or disciplinary context. Combined'honours degrees in Arabic are intended to give students a solid grounding in Modern Standard and classical Arabic, as well as conversational ability in Egyptian colloquial Arabic, in combination with a second subject.

Course Modules

Development studies: modules include: development conditions and experience; comparative growth in Asia and Africa; introduction to economic analysis; theory and evidence in contemporary development; development and conflict; development communication; introduction to global forced migration studies; banking and finance in economic development; economics of developing countries; foreign trade and development; comparative and international politics; government and politics of China; government and politics of South Asia; government and politics of the Middle East; the state and politics in Africa; food securities and livelihoods; issues in borders and development; desert environments; third world political ecology; tropical forests in a changing environment. Arabic: modules include: introduction to Arabic culture; literatures of the Near and Middle East; introduction to Islam; introduction to modern Arabic literature; introduction to early Islamic texts; introduction to classical Arabic literature; introduction to Arabic dialects; politics and aesthetics in modern Arabic literature; reading classical Arabic historians; language and oral literature of an Arabic vernacular; Arabic cinema 1; Quran and Hadith studies; Islamic texts; independent study project in Arabic studies (using language sources); Sufism (texts and history); introduction to Arabic culture; elementary written Persian; elementary written Turkish; elementary Hebrew; elementary Western Armenian; introductory Akkadian; introduction to Armenian history; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; the making of the modern Middle East; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; Islamic architecture; the sources of Islamic art and architecture; art and material culture of the Islamic world (7th to 14th centuries); mosaics, manuscripts, and wall painting in Islamic art; music of the Middle East and North Africa; Islamic law; government and politics of the Middle East; economic development of the modern Middle East.

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

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level AAB-AAA
  • Course specific

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