SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

SOAS is the only University in the UK where you can study South Asianlanguages (Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Sanskrit, Urdu) as part of your BA degree, and combine learning about the culture, history and society of the South Asia with training in a discipline; this will also include courses focusing on your area of choice. You will also be able to choose from a range of exciting courses on the culture and society of South Asia, including unique courses in cinema, literature, art, music, religion, history, politics, law, economics and anthropology. We offer the widest range of culture courses on South Asia, both at introductory and specialist levels.

Course Modules

South Asian studies: 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. History: modules include: approaches to history; further introductory histories; regional history; introduction to the history of Africa; introduction to the history of East Asia; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; introduction to the history of South Asia; introduction to the history of South East Asia; culture and identity in modern South Asia; Gandhi and Gandhiism; the Middle East in the period of the Crusades, 1050'1291; cities of paradise and empire, Turks, Mongols and Mamluks 1054'1500; the making of the modern Middle East; Islamic reformism in South East Asia 1760'196; Islamic reformism in South East Asia 1760'1960; South East Asia during the Cold War 1945'1991; society and culture in 20th'century Africa; gender, sex and identity in Africa; race, class and culture in the history of Southern Africa; Atlantic slavery and its legacies: Western Africa 1500'2000; society, environment and state in the history of China; history of gender in China; modern Japan; modern China; Manchu society and culture: an alternative history of China (1600'1997); traders, believers, rebels: a social history of Islam in China (650'2008); Nehru and India's modernity, 1936'64; body, power and society in Early India; histories of partition: India and Palestine; reform, resistance and revolution: the Ottoman Empire 1876'1909; history of Iran: Qajars to the Islamic Republic; rulers, rebels and scholars in Early Islam, 600'1200; the creation of modern Burma 1852'1941; violence, identity and politics in modern East and North East Africa; Asante, the Gold Coast and the British, 1807'1935; opium and empires, 1773 to 1919: China, India and Britain; the First World War in the Middle East and Jerusalem; city and country in modern Japan; Christianity in China (1600'1949); independent study project (Asian and African history).

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
  • Course specific

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