SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The BA International Relations degree provides a uniquely global and comparative approach to the study of world affairs. Through a study of world history and global power relations, students gain a better understanding of the sources of conflict and cooperation among states, shifts in the international economy, as well as the roles of culture, identity and ideas in world politics. It is structured around a combination of disciplinary, regional and specialised courses, with opportunities to take other Politics option courses or a language.

Course Modules

Year 1: Introduction to international relations; introduction to global history; introduction to political analysis. Options: introduction to political theory; states, people, and power in Asia and Africa. Year 2: War and the international; politics of the world economy; international relations of East Asia; international relations of Africa; international relations of the Middle East; international relations of South Asia. Optional Modules: Government and politics of China; government and politics of South Asia; Government and politics of the Middle East; Southeast Asian government and politics. Year 3: Globalisation and global governance; identity in international relations; the international organisation of world politics; political economy of the international investment regime. Options may include: Politics of development; war and the international; politics of the world economy; comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa; political theory; Islam and democracy; nationalism, ethnicity and state in Asia and Africa.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Course specific
  • GCE A-level AAA

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£5,450 - £5,450
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,090 - £5,890
Typical cost of private accommodation