SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

SOAS is the only University in the UK where you can study South Asianlanguages (Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Sanskrit, Urdu) as part of your BA degree, and combine learning about the culture, history and society of the South Asia with training in a discipline; this will also include courses focusing on your area of choice. You will also be able to choose from a range of exciting courses on the culture and society of South Asia, including unique courses in cinema, literature, art, music, religion, history, politics, law, economics and anthropology. We offer the widest range of culture courses on South Asia, both at introductory and specialist levels.

Course Modules

South Asian studies Modules include: South Asian culture; cinema and society in South Asia; South Asian literature in English; independent study project in South Asian studies; Bengali language; Hindi language; Nepali language; Sanskrit language; Urdu language; basic Pali; Gujarati language; Sinhala language; Tamil language; introduction to Prakrit; Buddhism: foundation; Hinduism: foundation; introduction to Jainism; introduction to the history of South Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; legal systems of Asia and Africa; cinema and society in South Asia; imagining Pakistan: culture, politics, gender; society, culture and politics in Nepal; South Asian literature in English; extended essay in South Asian studies; law and society in South Asia; law, multiculturalism and intercultural human rights; government and politics of South Asia; Gandhi and Gandhiism; body, power and society in early India; culture and identity in modern South Asia 1800'2000; histories of partition: India and Pakistan 1947; Nehru and India's modernity, 1936'64 ; body, power and society in Early India; religion, state and society in Mughal North India; traditional art and modern South Asia; art and ritual in Buddhist South Asia; Hindu art in Medieval India; temple, city and empire in South India 1300'1800; music in the cultures of South Asia; Indian classical music; religious philosophies of Ancient and Medieval India; textual sources of Classical Hinduism; ethnography of a selected region (South Asia); economic development of South 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 ABB-AAB
  • Course specific

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