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. Study of religions 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 AAB
  • Course specific

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