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Department of Politics and International Studies

BA Politics and International Relations

Duration: 3 years

Overview

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Mode of Attendance: Full-time

The joint BA programme in Politics & International Relations offers students the ability to combine our two disciplinary streams throughout their training, giving them a broad base of knowledge from which to analyse politics within and amongst countries. Students will choose from the options available to both joint degree programmes, and will take a compulsory course in Political Analysis in the first year.

At the end of the course, students will have developed a uniquely insightful and rounded approach to understanding political questions and current affairs across the world. The degree structure offers deep engagement with regional and international politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as problem-driven engagements with war, development, international organisations, state power, social movements, the global economy and other aspects of political life.

Teaching on the degree programme is tailored towards improving students’ understanding of the subjects, writing and presentation abilities and developing their skills as independent and critical thinkers. Whilst more introductory courses often consist of larger lectures followed up by smaller group seminars, more advanced and specialised courses encourage more student responsibility and leadership over the material.

Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Year One
And ONE of the following:
Year Two
ONE of:
ONE of:
ONE of:
ONE of:
Year Three
AT LEAST ONE unit from:
For FINAL year students ONLY- see prerequisites
AT LEAST ONE unit from:
Remaining units from:
OR
Any unit available in another department of SOAS for third year UG students- an 'open option'
Prerequisites
To take 153400053 you must have a mark of 2:1 or above in Year Two. Students CANNOT take BOTH an Independent Study Project and two Extended Essays.
To take 153400057 you should have previously taken: 153400067 OR 153400014
To take 153400065 you should have previously taken: A course in Middle East or South Asian Politics
To take 153400068 you should have previously taken: 153400063 OR 153400014
To take 153400070 you should have previously taken: 153400063 OR 153400014
To take 153400073 you should have previously taken: 153400063 OR 153400014
To take 153400074 you should have previously taken: 153400063 OR 153400056 OR a Politics course from the list of regional courses
To take 153400075 you should have previously taken: 153400063 OR 153400056 OR a Politics course from the list of regional courses

Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning

Classes are taught through lectures, tutorials and seminars. Assessment is by a combination of written examination and essays.

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

A Student's Perspective

With some of the West’s leading experts on Taiwan’s political economy, SOAS was the ideal place for me to study cross-Strait relations

Daniel Mojahedi