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. Japanese Modules include: J1 (elementary Japanese); aspects of Japanese culture 1; aspects of Japanese culture 2; J1 (accelerated elementary Japanese); aspects of Japanese culture 1; aspects of Japanese culture 2; issues in post'war Japanese society; introduction to the study of language learning 1; introduction to the study of language learning 2; survey of modern Japanese literature in translation; J2 (Japanese); survey of pre'modern Japanese literature in translation; introduction to pre'modern Japanese language; independent study project in Japanese language and culture; advanced practical Japanese; memory and militarism on Japanese television; JIV(B)i readings in Japanese history; JIV(B)ii readings in Japanese intellectual history; readings in modern Japanese literature; readings in pre'modern Japanese literature; the structure of Japanese 1; survey of modern Japanese literature in translation; issues in post'war Japanese society 1; issues in post'war Japanese society 2; the structure of Japanese 1; the structure of Japanese 2; Japanese cinema (a critical survey); introduction to the study of language learning 1; introduction to the study of language learning 2.

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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