SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

SOAS is the only University in the UK with a Department focusing solely on the study of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia, complemented across the School by broad multidisciplinary expertise in the region. It is the only institution where Vietnamese is taught in the UK, and one of only a handful in Europe. BA Vietnamese and ' is one half of a two'subject degree, studied in combination with other disciplines.

Course Modules

Vietnamese Modules include: Vietnamese language; introduction to South East Asia; South East Asia on film; war, revolution and independence in South East Asian literatures in translation; the city and the countryside in South East Asian literatures; Vietnamese language and texts; independent study project in South East Asian studies; extended essay in South East Asian studies; Vietnamese literature; independent study project in South East Asian studies; extended essay in South East Asian studies; Thailand on screen (post 97); Indonesia on screen; sex and the city in South East Asian film; war, revolution and independence in South East Asian literatures in translation; the city and the countryside in South East Asian literatures; 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; extended essay in South East Asian studies; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; Buddhism: foundation; Hinduism: foundation; world Christianities foundation; ethnography of a selected region (South East Asia); introduction to the history of 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. Geography Modules include: Cities: exploration in urban geography; climate variability, change and society; cultural landscapes: North American style; ecological and cultural biogeography; economic and social change in Post'War Europe; environmental remote sensing; environmental risk, governance and society; global cities: processes, problems and policies; historical geographies of urbanism; natural hazards; desert environments; development geographies: livelihood and policy contexts; environmental thought and practice: politics, concept and management; gendered geographies of development and globalisation; Japanese environments; political economy of hazardscapes; social theory and the environment; territoriality, state, and nation: political geography in the developing world; 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 AAB
  • Course specific

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