SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

BA Politics and International Relations

duration:
3 years

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£9,000
Overseas fees:
£16,250


The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2016 Entry requirements

A Levels:
AAA
IB:
37 (6/6/6)

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BTEC: DDD

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAAAA

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA

Irish LC: 360 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 5 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 85%

French Bacc: 15/20

German Abitur: 1.5

Italy DES: 85/100

Austria Mat: 1.5

Polish Mat: 80%

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Overview

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.

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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
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Comparative Politics 153400079 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to International Relations 153400085 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to Political Analysis 153400086 1 Unit Full Year
And ONE of the following:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Global History 153400084 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to Political Theory 153400001 1 Unit Full Year
Year Two
ONE of:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa 153400067 1 Unit Full Year
Political theory 153400054 1 Unit Full Year
Politics of development 153400042 1 Unit Full Year
ONE of:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Government and politics of China 153400071 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 1 Unit Full Year
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 1 Unit Full Year
Southeast Asian government and politics 153400022 1 Unit Full Year
Taiwan's Politics and International Relations 153400072 1 Unit Full Year
ONE of:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
War and the International 153400077 1 Unit Full Year
Politics of the World Economy 153400083 1 Unit Full Year
ONE of:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
International Relations of East Asia 153400078 1 Unit Full Year
International Relations of Africa 153400090 1 Unit Full Year
International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 1 Unit Full Year
International Relations of South Asia 1.0 Unit
Year Three
For FINAL year students ONLY- see prerequisites
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Nationalism, ethnicity and state in Asia and Africa 153400057 0.5 Unit Term 2
Islam and Democracy 153400065 1 Unit Full Year
Politics of Culture 153400075 0.5 Unit Term 1
Politics of Gender 153400074 0.5 Unit Term 2
Politics, Economy, Society: Japan 153402001 0.5 Unit Term 1
Critical Issues in Israeli Politics and Society 153400087 0.5 Unit Term 1
Issues in Turkish Politics 15 340 0076 0.5 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
At least ONE unit from below (see pre-requisites):
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Globalisation and global governance 153400070 0.5 Unit Term 2
Identity in international relations 153400073 0.5 Unit Term 1
The international organisation of world politics 153400068 0.5 Unit Term 1
Religion and World Politics 153402000 1 Unit Full Year
African Political Thought 153402004 0.5 Unit Term 1
Key Debates on Neoliberalism 153402003 0.5 Unit Term 1
Decolonising the World 153402002 0.5 Unit Term 2
Remaining units from below (please note that you may not take both the ISP and an Extended Essay):
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa 153400067 1 Unit Full Year
Political theory 153400054 1 Unit Full Year
Politics of development 153400042 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of China 153400071 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 1 Unit Full Year
Southeast Asian government and politics 153400022 1 Unit Full Year
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 1 Unit Full Year
Taiwan's Politics and International Relations 153400072 1 Unit Full Year
War and the International 153400077 1 Unit Full Year
Politics of the World Economy 153400083 1 Unit Full Year
International Relations of East Asia 153400078 1 Unit Full Year
International Relations of Africa 153400090 1 Unit Full Year
International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 1 Unit Full Year
International Relations of South Asia 1.0 Unit
Independent study project in Politics 153400053 1 Unit Full Year
Extended essay in Politics 153400058 0.5 Unit Term 1
Extended essay in Politics b 153400061 0.5 Unit Term 2
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: 153400085 OR 153400063 AND 153400083 AND/OR 153400077 OR 153400014
To take 153400070 you should have previously taken: 153400085 OR 153400063 AND 153400083 AND/OR 153400077 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

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Teaching and 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.

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