SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

BA South East Asian Studies (Combined Honours) is a three'year programme that strikes an exciting balance between the study of a South East Asian language (Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai or Vietnamese), the cultures of the region and a second subject in another discipline. Competence in a South East Asian language is developed as a tool for exploring the culture for which a spoken language is a vehicle. This degree is ideal for students who do not seek the intensive engagement with language demanded by the four'year degrees, but who desire a working knowledge of the language to enhance their engagement with the diversity of South East Asian culture.

Course Modules

South East Asian studies Modules include: Introduction to South East Asia; South East Asia on film; language course; war, revolution and independence in South East Asian literatures in translation; the city and the countryside in South East Asian literatures; independent study project in South East Asian studies; Thailand on screen (post 97); Indonesia on screen; sex and the city in South East Asian film; 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; introduction to the history of South East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of East Asia; introduction to Islam; Buddhism: foundation; Hinduism: foundation; world Christianities foundation; extended essay in South East Asian studies; ethnography of a selected region (South East Asia); popular and fusion music in South East Asia; music and religion in 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. Study of religions All years: Modules include: Introduction to the study of religions; Buddhism: foundation; Christianity: foundation; Hinduism: foundation; Judaism: foundation; religions of East and Central Asia; religions of Africa; introduction to Islam; introduction to Jainism; advanced theory in the study of religions; Buddhism in Central Asia; Buddhism in pre'Modern China; Buddhist legends: readings in Avadana literature; Buddhist monasticism; conflict in compliance: about the lives of Buddhist monks in Ancient India; contemporary Islamism in South Asia: readings in Sayyid Abu l'A'la Mawdudi; critical theory and the study of religions; daily life of Jews in Antiquity; death and the meaning of life; Eastern Christianity; independent study project in the study of religions; intermediate Pali; Islam in Britain; Japanese religion: a historical overview; Jewish identity from Ancient to Modern times; Mahayana Buddhism; martyrs and monks in Eastern Christian writings; Messianic movements in Islamic history; Middle Persian; minority religions in the contemporary Middle East; Mysticism in the great traditions; myth and mythmaking; non'violence in Jain scriptures; philosophy and law; Orthodox Christianity; readings in Mahayana Sutra literature; religion and gender; religious philosophies of Ancient and Medieval India; representations of the Holocaust; Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism; Shan Buddhism; Shi'a Islam: religious authority and community identity; Syriac for beginners; Taoism and Chinese religions; Taoism: the great tradition; textual sources of Classical Hinduism; the Bible and its interpretation in Ancient Judaism; the role and representation of women in Judaism; themes in Japanese religions; Theravada Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhist texts from Central Asia; translation of Buddhist texts; Vedic Sanskrit; Zoroastrian literature in translation; Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds.

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
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • Course specific

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