SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The programme is designed for students who wish to learn about the diverse strands of political thinking in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and the different approaches to comparison in political thought.

Course Modules

Compulsory courses: approaches to comparative political thought; comparative international political thought. Courses within the discipline of politics: Islamic/democratic political thought; Islam and political ideologies; political violence violence, justice and the politics of memory; queer politics in Asia, Africa and the middle East; African political thought; political thought on the just rebellion; the Indian ocean in world politics; childhood, politics and law; government and politics of modern South Asia; government and politics in Africa; government and politics of modern South East Asia; state and society in the Chinese political process; Taiwan’s politics and cross'strait relations; northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan state and society in central Asia and the Caucasus; political society in the middle east; state and transformation in the middle east; non'violence in jain scriptures, philosophy and law; modern Muslim thinkers from South Asia; human rights and Islamic law; knowledge and power in early modern China; genders and sexualities in South East Asian film; dissertation in political studies.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Part Time
MSc Other Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc Other Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Candidates should have a good undergraduate Honours degree in politics, history, anthropology, area studies, or philosophy (UK 2.1 or above).