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. The Chinese combined honours degree aims to give a broad understanding of Chinese culture.

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. 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 AAB-AAA
  • Course specific

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