SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

MSc State, Society and Development

duration:
May be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over two or three years.

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£10,470
Overseas fees:
£17,895

This is a Band 3 fee. 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2016 Entry requirements

  • The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Politics or International Relations, or a related social science discipline. Applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

This MSc programme seeks to explain state-society relations and development in Asia, Africa and (where appropriate) Latin America through the sub-disciplines of comparative political sociology and comparative/international political economy. Students will study the core concepts of these sub-disciplines such as: state; civil society; social closure; class; bureaucracy; patrimonialism; hegemony; late-industrialisation; product cycle; developmental state; rent-seeking; good governance; and globalization. They will also be exposed to the principal analytical perspectives of political science such as historical institutionalism, rational choice theory and Marxism. These intellectual foundations will enable students to gain a better understanding of the shaping factors behind phenomena such as: state collapse and criminalisation in Africa; cronyism in Southeast Asia and Latin America; religious fundamentalism in South Asia; economic take-off in East Asia; linguistic nationalism in Central Asia; the ‘third wave’ of democratisation; global financial instability; and the relationship between the Washington Institutions and the South. Students will also come to understand the usefulness of cross-regional comparison by seeing how the study of one region can illuminate similar issues elsewhere, despite differing cultural contexts.

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Structure

Students take taught courses to the value of 3 full units + dissertation:

1. ONE or TWO units from A;
2-3. ONE or TWO units (or equivalent half-units) from B and/or C;
4. Dissertation on some aspect of State & Development or State & Society (compulsory) from D.

A. ONE or TWO of the following DISCIPLINARY Politics Courses:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
State & society in Asia & Africa 15PPOC008 1 Unit Full Year
Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC017 1 Unit Full Year
B. ONE or TWO of the following REGIONAL Politics Courses:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 1 Unit Full Year
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 1 Unit Full Year
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 1 Unit Full Year
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 0.5 Unit Term 2
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 0.5 Unit Term 2
Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 0.5 Unit Term 1
State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 0.5 Unit Term 2
Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 1 Unit Full Year
Japan Unravelled 15PPOH033 0.5 Unit Term 2
The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032 0.5 - Term 2 Unit
Asian Security 15PPOH027 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running
C: ONE or TWO of the following DISCIPLINARY optional courses
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 0.5 Unit Term 1
Political violence 15PPOH009 0.5 Unit Term 2
Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 0.5 Unit Term 1
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 0.5 Unit Term 2
D: Dissertation

Following the DISCIPLINARY perspective (State and Development or State and Society) of the chosen pathway.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Dissertation in Political Studies 15PPOC999 1 Unit Full Year

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Courses are taught by a combination of methods, principally lectures, tutorial classes, seminars and supervised individual study projects.

The MSc programme consists of three taught courses (corresponding to three examination papers) and a dissertation.

Lectures

Most courses involve a 50-minute lecture as a key component with linked tutorial classes.

Seminars

At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work. Students make full-scale presentations for each unit that they take, and are expected to write papers that often require significant independent work.

Dissertation

A quarter of the work for the degree is given over to the writing of an adequately researched 10,000-word dissertation. Students are encouraged to take up topics which relate the study of a particular region to a body of theory.

Learning Resources

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 3 tuition fee.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

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£10,470 £17,895 £5,235 £8,948 £3,490 £5,965

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