SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

SOAS is the only University in the UK where you can study South Asianlanguages 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 cultureand 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. Economics Years 1: Introduction to economic analysis; introduction to quantitative methods for economists (for those without A level mathematics or equivalent); quantitative methods for economists (for those with A level mathematics grade A or B or equivalent); comparative growth in Asia and Africa. Year 2: Intermediate economic analysis; econometrics; quantitative methods for economists; quantitative methods for economists; economics of developing countries I; banking and finance in economic development; foreign trade and development. Year 3: Advanced economic analysis; applied econometrics; economic development of Africa; economic development of South Asia; economic development of South'East Asia; economic development of Japan since 1868; economic development of modern China; economic development of the modern Middle East; economics of developing countries II; independent study project in economics.

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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