SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme seeks to explain state'society relations and development in Asia, Africa and (where appropriate) Latin America through the sub'disciplines of comparative political sociology and comparative/international political economy; students will study the core concepts of these sub'disciplines such as: State; civil society; social closure; class; bureaucracy; patrimonialism; hegemony; late'industrialisation; product cycle; developmental state; rent'seeking; good governance; and globalisation.

Course Modules

Modules may include: State and society in Asia and Africa; state and development in Asia and Africa; government and politics in Africa; government and politics of modern South Asia; government and politics of modern South East Asia; state and society in the Chinese political process; Northeast Asian politics (Japan, Korea and Taiwan); state and society in Central Asia and the Caucasus; geopolitics and security in Central Asia and the Caucasus; political society in the Middle East; state and transformation in the Middle East; Taiwan's politics and cross'strait relations; Japan unravelled; the Indian Ocean in world politics; Asian security.

Course Additional Entry

The qualification for entry is normally a 1st or upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or equivalent) in politics or international relations, or a related social science discipline; applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £17,895  Whole course. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £10,470  Whole course. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £8,948  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £5,235  Academic year. First year home fees