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. Persian Modules include: Persian language; Literatures of the Near and Middle East; introduction to Islam; Classical Persian prose texts; Modern Persian poetry; Classical Persian poetry; Modern Persian prose literature; independent study project in Persian studies; introduction to Arabic culture; Old Persian; Middle Persian; Sogdian; Bactrian; Khotanese; elementary written Turkish; Arabic; elementary Western Armenian; elementary Hebrew; elementary Georgian; introduction to Sufis; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; the making of the Modern Middle East; history of Iran: Qajars to the Islamic Republic; cities of paradise and empire; Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds; introduction to Islam; Shi'a Islam: religious authority and community identity; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; Islamic architecture; the sources of Islamic art and architecture; the decorative arts of Islam; art and material culture of the Islamic World: 7th'14th centuries; mosaics, manuscripts and wall painting in Islamic art; Music of the Middle East and North Africa; Islamic law; government and politics of the Middle East; economic development of the Modern Middle East.

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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£5,450 - £5,450
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