SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

Thai may be combined with another Asian language, or with a non'language discipline. In addition, Thai may be combined with French; in this combination the European language portion of the degree is taught at University College London, to which initial applications should be directed. The general pattern is that the two'subject degrees are taken over four years, with the third year being spent on a programme of study in Thailand. However, students taking Thai and French spend their third year in France. There are also three'year versions of the degrees in Thai and a discipline which do not involve a year abroad.

Course Modules

Thai Modules include: Thai language; introduction to South East Asia; South East Asia on film; Thai cultural texts; Thai cultural studies; Indonesia on screen; basic Pali; Sanskrit language; introduction to the study of language learning; introduction to the history of South East Asia; South East Asia during the Cold War; indigenous warfare and society in Early Modern South East Asia 1300'1830; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; arts of the Buddha in South East Asia; island arts of South East Asia; popular and fusion music in South East Asia; music and religion in South East Asia; introduction to Islam; Buddhism: foundation; Hinduism: foundation; Theravada Buddhism; government and politics of modern South East Asia; economic development of South East Asia. Study of religions Modules include: Introduction to the study of religions; Buddhism: foundation; Christianity: foundation; Hinduism: foundation; Judaism: foundation; religions of East and Central Asia; religions of Africa; introduction to Islam; introduction to Jainism; advanced theory in the study of religions; Buddhism in Central Asia; Buddhism in pre'Modern China; Buddhist legends: readings in Avadana literature; Buddhist monasticism; conflict in compliance: about the lives of Buddhist monks in Ancient India; contemporary Islamism in South Asia: readings in Sayyid Abu l'A'la Mawdudi; critical theory and the study of religions; daily life of Jews in Antiquity; death and the meaning of life; Eastern Christianity; independent study project in the study of religions; intermediate Pali; Islam in Britain; Japanese religion: a historical overview; Jewish identity from Ancient to Modern times; Mahayana Buddhism; martyrs and monks in Eastern Christian writings; Messianic movements in Islamic history; Middle Persian; minority religions in the contemporary Middle East; Mysticism in the great traditions; myth and mythmaking; non'violence in Jain scriptures; philosophy and law; Orthodox Christianity; readings in Mahayana Sutra literature; religion and gender; religious philosophies of Ancient and Medieval India; representations of the Holocaust; Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism; Shan Buddhism; Shi'a Islam: religious authority and community identity; Syriac for beginners; Taoism and Chinese religions; Taoism: the great tradition; textual sources of Classical Hinduism; the Bible and its interpretation in Ancient Judaism; the role and representation of women in Judaism; themes in Japanese religions; Theravada Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhist texts from Central Asia; translation of Buddhist texts; Vedic Sanskrit; Zoroastrian literature in translation; Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds.

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

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level AAB
  • Course specific

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