SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

Music can be studied at SOAS in either of two BA degree structures: the single'subject ('single honours') BA in Music, or the two'subject ('joint honours') BA in Music and another subject. The two'subject degree allows more scope for studying language or other non'musical aspects of particular cultures. The single'subject degree allows greater concentration on music, including Western music and Performance.

Course Modules

Music Modules include: Sounds and cultures 1: Africa, the Jewish World, West and Central Asia; Sounds and cultures 2: East, South East and South Asia; music and culture; introduction to music analysis; performance; ethnomusicology: themes and variations; urban soundscapes; music and religion in South East Asia; popular and fusion music in South East Asia; music of Korea; musical traditions of East Asia; Indian classical music; the world of Cuban music; composition; gender and music; introduction to sound recording; music, Shamanism and healing; presenting world music on radio; extended essay in music; independent study project in music. Japanese Modules inculde: J1 (elementary Japanese); aspects of Japanese culture 1; aspects of Japanese culture 2; J1 (accelerated elementary Japanese); aspects of Japanese culture 1; aspects of Japanese culture 2; issues in post'war Japanese society; introduction to the study of language learning 1; introduction to the study of language learning 2; survey of modern Japanese literature in translation; J2 (Japanese); survey of pre'modern Japanese literature in translation; introduction to pre'modern Japanese language; independent study project in Japanese language and culture; advanced practical Japanese; memory and militarism on Japanese television; JIV(B)i readings in Japanese history; JIV(B)ii readings in Japanese intellectual history; readings in modern Japanese literature; readings in pre'modern Japanese literature; the structure of Japanese 1; survey of modern Japanese literature in translation; issues in post'war Japanese society 1; issues in post'war Japanese society 2; the structure of Japanese 1; the structure of Japanese 2; Japanese cinema (a critical survey); introduction to the study of language learning 1; introduction to the study of language learning 2.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • Course specific

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