SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

SOAS is the only University in the UK with a Department focusing solely on the study of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia, complemented across the School by broad multidisciplinary expertise in the region. It is the only institution where Vietnamese is taught in the UK, and one of only a handful in Europe. BA Vietnamese and ' is one half of a two'subject degree, studied in combination with other disciplines.

Course Modules

Vietnamese: modules include: Vietnamese language; introduction to South East Asia; South East Asia on film; war, revolution and independence in South East Asian literatures in translation; the city and the countryside in South East Asian literatures; Vietnamese language and texts; independent study project in South East Asian studies; extended essay in South East Asian studies; Vietnamese literature; independent study project in South East Asian studies; extended essay in South East Asian studies; Thailand on screen (post 97); Indonesia on screen; sex and the city in South East Asian film; war, revolution and independence in South East Asian literatures in translation; the city and the countryside in South East Asian literatures; cultural foundations of Indonesia; Indonesian literature: literature of the revolution; Jawi and the manuscript tradition; pre'modern historical texts of Java; Bali and the Malay world in English translation; traditional Malay literature; adventure romances in texts and film; language in South East Asia; Thai cultural texts; extended essay in South East Asian studies; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; Buddhism: foundation; Hinduism: foundation; world Christianities foundation; ethnography of a selected region (South East Asia); introduction to the history of South East Asia; South East Asia during the Cold War 1945'1991; arts of the Buddha in South East Asia; contemporary arts in South East Asia; South East Asian government and politics; economic development of South East 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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