SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The Department has an unrivalled concentration of specialists in the laws of Asian and African countries, with additional areas of expertise in the areas of comparative law, human rights, transnational commercial law, environmental law, international law and socio'legal method. Lecturers in the Department maintain close links with professional practice and frequently have first'hand knowledge of the latest developments in business, government and international organisations.

Course Modules

Law: modules include: criminal law; introduction to law and legal processes; legal systems of Asia and Africa; obligations 1 (contract); obligations 2 (tort); public law; law and institutions of contemporary China; European human rights law; EU law; Islamic law; law and society in Africa; law and society in South Asia; law of property; company law; comparative company law; comparative legal theory; conflict of laws; equity; law, multi'culturalism and intercultural human rights; independent study project; equity and offshore; family law; labour law; law and development; law, multiculturalism and intercultural human rights; public international law; independent study project on a selected legal topic. 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 AAB-AAA
  • Course specific

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