Certificate in Political Studies
Minimum Entry Requirements: The minimum entry requirement is the ability to demonstrate the potential to study at undergraduate level. However, programmes may have their own specific requirements, such as, in the case of language-based studies, a proven ability to learn a language.
This certificate is a one-year course that is offered by the department to those who are keen to study politics at Masters level, but do not have a first degree in the subject. It is also of interest for those who do not wish to commit three or four years to an undergraduate degree but want to study some introductory courses. It is particularly useful for students who have a first degree in an Africa- or Asia-related subject or language, and who wish to apply that skill to the study of a particular country or region.
Students have to take four undergraduate units from those that are available to full-time undergraduate students, with whom they also attend lectures and tutorials. Course expectations are the same as for full time students (attendance, coursework, essays, annual examinations, etc). Passing the certificate at an upper second class standard is normally deemed to make a student eligible for the taught Master's degrees offered by the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS.
Students normally choose TWO introductory units and ONE EACH from the Disciplinary and Regional units. The following is a list of available courses - please note that not every course may be available every year.
- Introduction to political theory - 153400001 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- States, people, and power in Asia and Africa - 153400056 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- 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 the Middle East - 153400060 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Government and politics of South Asia - 153400020 (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 political and economic development - 153400072 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Teaching & Learning
Teaching & Learning
Classes are taught through lectures, tutorials and seminars. Assessment is by a combination of written examination and essays.
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A Student's Perspective
Tamara Bah, American University, Washington
Before I came to SOAS, I knew that my grade would depend on either one or two large assignments and I was apprehensive about that—almost scared, however I am glad as I got to learn a lot about myself as a student. I became more independent academically and got to see what I can really accomplished without teachers “coddling” me along the way. Extremely refreshing!