SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The History of Art degree provides students with a general grounding across the broad field of courses covering Africa, pre'Islamic and Islamic Near and Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia and North East Asia (China, Japan and Korea). The Law department has an unrivalled concentration of specialists in the laws of Asian and African countries, with additional areas of expertise in the areas of comparative law, human rights, transnational commercial law, environmental law, international law and socio'legal method.

Course Modules

History of Art and Archaeology: modules include: theories and methods in the study of Asian and African art; introduction to the art and archaeology of Africa; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of East Asia; African Art 2: West Africa and the Atlantic world; history, historiography and the visual arts; archaeology of Early Imperial China; architecture of Tibet and the Himalayas; art and archaeology essay on an approved topic; art and archaeology of Ancient China; arts of Tibet; Buddhist arts of Korea; Chinese art and modernity; contemporary arts in South East Asia; contemporary Korean arts in East Asia; independent study project in history of art/archaeology; introduction to the art and archaeology of Africa; introduction to the art and archaeology of East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; Japanese art; mosaics, manuscripts, and wall painting in Islamic art; selected sites in Asian and African art and archaeology; temple, city and empire in South India 1300'1800; the sources of Islamic art and architecture; theory and method in the study of Asian and African art; traditional art and modern South Asia. Law: All years: modules include: criminal law; introduction to law and legal processes; legal systems of Asia and Africa; obligations 1 (contract); obligations 2 (tort); public law; law and institutions of contemporary China; European human rights law; EU law; Islamic law; law and society in Africa; law and society in South Asia; law of property; company law; comparative company law; comparative legal theory; conflict of laws; equity; law, multi'culturalism and intercultural human rights; independent study project; equity and offshore; family law; labour law; law and development; law, multiculturalism and intercultural human rights; public international law; independent study project on a selected legal topic.

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-AAA
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AAAAA
  • European Baccalaureate 85%
  • Course specific

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