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. South East Asian Studies Modules include: Introduction to South East Asia; South East Asia on film; language course; war, revolution and independence in South East Asian literatures in translation; the city and the countryside in South East Asian literatures; independent study project in South East Asian studies; Thailand on screen (post 97); Indonesia on screen; sex and the city in South East Asian film; 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; introduction to the history of South East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of East Asia; introduction to Islam; Buddhism: foundation; Hinduism: foundation; world Christianities foundation; extended essay in South East Asian studies; ethnography of a selected region (South East Asia); popular and fusion music in South East Asia; music and religion in 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.

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
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • Course specific

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