SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The 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. Lecturers in the Department maintain close links with professional practice and frequently have first'hand knowledge of the latest developments in business, government and international organisations.

Course Modules

Law: 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. Arabic: modules include: introduction to Arabic culture; literatures of the Near and Middle East; introduction to Islam; introduction to modern Arabic literature; introduction to early Islamic texts; introduction to classical Arabic literature; introduction to Arabic dialects; politics and aesthetics in modern Arabic literature; reading classical Arabic historians; language and oral literature of an Arabic vernacular; Arabic cinema 1; Quran and Hadith studies; Islamic texts; independent study project in Arabic studies (using language sources); Sufism (texts and history); introduction to Arabic culture; elementary written Persian; elementary written Turkish; elementary Hebrew; elementary Western Armenian; introductory Akkadian; introduction to Armenian history; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; the making of the modern Middle East; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; Islamic architecture; the sources of Islamic art and architecture; art and material culture of the Islamic world (7th to 14th centuries); mosaics, manuscripts, and wall painting in Islamic art; music of the Middle East and North Africa; Islamic law; government and politics of the Middle East; economic development of the modern Middle East.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level AAB-AAA
  • Course specific

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