SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The structure of courses reflects the importance given to conceptual and methodological clarity, and to independent interests of students. Particular importance is given to the training of the student's visual memory through the study of slide images. Special emphasis is given to the exploration of arts and artifacts as evidence in historical, religious and cultural studies of societies and cultures.

Course Modules

History of Art and Archaeology: modules include: theories and methods in the study of Asian and African art; introduction to the art and archaeology of Africa; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of East Asia; African Art 2: West Africa and the Atlantic world; history, historiography and the visual arts; archaeology of Early Imperial China; architecture of Tibet and the Himalayas; art and archaeology essay on an approved topic; art and archaeology of Ancient China; arts of Tibet; Buddhist arts of Korea; Chinese art and modernity; contemporary arts in South East Asia; contemporary Korean arts in East Asia; independent study project in history of art/archaeology; introduction to the art and archaeology of Africa; introduction to the art and archaeology of East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; Japanese art; mosaics, manuscripts, and wall painting in Islamic art; selected sites in Asian and African art and archaeology; temple, city and empire in South India 1300'1800; the sources of Islamic art and architecture; theory and method in the study of Asian and African art; traditional art and modern South Asia. South Asian Studies: All years: modules include: South Asian culture; cinema and society in South Asia; South Asian literature in English; independent study project in South Asian studies; Bengali language; Hindi language; Nepali language; Sanskrit language; Urdu language; basic Pali; Gujarati language; Sinhala language; Tamil language; introduction to Prakrit; Buddhism: foundation; Hinduism: foundation; introduction to Jainism; introduction to the history of South Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; legal systems of Asia and Africa; cinema and society in South Asia; imagining Pakistan: culture, politics, gender; society, culture and politics in Nepal; South Asian literature in English; extended essay in South Asian studies; law and society in South Asia; law, multiculturalism and intercultural human rights; government and politics of South Asia; Gandhi and Gandhiism; body, power and society in early India; culture and identity in modern South Asia 1800'2000; histories of partition: India and Pakistan 1947; Nehru and India's modernity, 1936'64 ; body, power and society in Early India; religion, state and society in Mughal North India; traditional art and modern South Asia; art and ritual in Buddhist South Asia; Hindu art in Medieval India; temple, city and empire in South India 1300'1800; music in the cultures of South Asia; Indian classical music; religious philosophies of Ancient and Medieval India; textual sources of Classical Hinduism; ethnography of a selected region (South Asia); economic development of South Asia.

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

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • Course specific

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