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. Development studies: All years: modules include: development conditions and experience; comparative growth in Asia and Africa; introduction to economic analysis; theory and evidence in contemporary development; development and conflict; development communication; introduction to global forced migration studies; banking and finance in economic development; economics of developing countries; foreign trade and development; comparative and international politics; government and politics of China; government and politics of South Asia; government and politics of the Middle East; the state and politics in Africa; food securities and livelihoods; issues in borders and development; desert environments; third world political ecology; tropical forests in a changing environment.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 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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88% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 80%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 80%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 80%

£23,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 50
Studying 40
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 5
Unknown 5

16% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 59%

Total Coursework: 41%

£5,450 - £5,450
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,090 - £5,890
Typical cost of private accommodation