SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

By studying Politics at SOAS, students will gain detailed knowledge and a thorough understanding of some of the most important power shifts and conflicts of ideas unfolding in the world today. They will also learn to critically engage with and explore the relevance of social science concepts for understanding contemporary geopolitics, regional politics of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as the ability to undertake analyses and comparisons of political developments in specific countries.

Course Modules

Politics Modules include: Introduction to political study; comparative and international politics; states, people, and power in Asia and Africa; comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa; international politics; political theory; politics of development; government and politics of China; government and politics of South Asia; government and politics of the Middle East; South East Asian government and politics; the state and politics in Africa; Taiwan's political and economic development; comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa; international politics; political theory; politics of development; globalisation and global governance; the international organisation of world politics; identity in international relations; Islam and democracy; nationalism, ethnicity and state in Asia and Africa; government and politics of China; government and politics of South Asia; government and politics of the Middle East; South East Asian government and politics; the state and politics in Africa; Taiwan's political and economic development; independent study project in politics; extended essay in politics; extended essay in politics b. 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 AAA
  • Course specific

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£5,450 - £5,450
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£5,090 - £5,890
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