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. History: modules include: approaches to history; further introductory histories; regional history; introduction to the history of Africa; introduction to the history of East Asia; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; introduction to the history of South Asia; introduction to the history of South East Asia; culture and identity in modern South Asia; Gandhi and Gandhiism; the Middle East in the period of the Crusades, 1050'1291; cities of paradise and empire, Turks, Mongols and Mamluks 1054'1500; the making of the modern Middle East; Islamic reformism in South East Asia 1760'196; Islamic reformism in South East Asia 1760'1960; South East Asia during the Cold War 1945'1991; society and culture in 20th'century Africa; gender, sex and identity in Africa; race, class and culture in the history of Southern Africa; Atlantic slavery and its legacies: Western Africa 1500'2000; society, environment and state in the history of China; history of gender in China; modern Japan; modern China; Manchu society and culture: an alternative history of China (1600'1997); traders, believers, rebels: a social history of Islam in China (650'2008); Nehru and India's modernity, 1936'64; body, power and society in Early India; histories of partition: India and Palestine; reform, resistance and revolution: the Ottoman Empire 1876'1909; history of Iran: Qajars to the Islamic Republic; rulers, rebels and scholars in Early Islam, 600'1200; the creation of modern Burma 1852'1941; violence, identity and politics in modern East and North East Africa; Asante, the Gold Coast and the British, 1807'1935; opium and empires, 1773 to 1919: China, India and Britain; the First World War in the Middle East and Jerusalem; city and country in modern Japan; Christianity in China (1600'1949); independent study project (Asian and African history).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 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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