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. 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.

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
  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • Course specific

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