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New courses for the 2014 SOAS Summer school, exploring politics, law and languages

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9 May 2014

This year, the 2014 SOAS, University of London Summer School is introducing a range of new programmes exploring politics, law and languages from a variety of regions.

The courses are designed for people from a range of fields, particularly employees of corporations which require greater cultural understanding of their markets, professionals working in the region, current undergraduates and leisure learners.

Programmes available include the Politics of Global Capitalism which offers a toolkit to better understand politics of the world economy. Based on literature from the cross-disciplinary field of international political economy, the course examines important structures, processes, and outcomes in the recent history of capitalism.

This year participants are able to learn either Chinese or Arabic in combination with learning about the culture, politics or society of either China or the Middle East. The language element of these courses is taught over a five week period at either beginner or intermediate level.

The Legal Systems of Africa and Asia offers in part one a theoretically focused introduction to the methodologies of transnational law and legal pluralism and then applies these methods in parts two and three to a comparative study of major traditional and modern laws and legal systems of Asia and Africa.

Taking a summer course at SOAS enables students to learn about a wide range of different topics in an intensive format, combining theory and practice.

Additional activities include a social programme which starts with a welcome party and a river cruise on the Thames. A guided tour of historical Bloomsbury where SOAS is situated will help students find their way around the campus area. Students will also receive discount codes for day trips and overnight tours with SOAS’ partners International Friends.

Director of SOAS Professor Paul Webley said: “Our Summer School has been developed in the same spirit that has built our outstanding reputation for excellence, combining academic rigour with cultural exchange and diversity. It offers a unique and enriching experience at the heart of one of the most exciting cities in the world.”

The SOAS Summer School is hosted by SOAS Enterprise, The London Middle East Institute and the SOAS China Institute.

More information on the SOAS Summer School