SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

MA Pacific Asian Studies

duration:
One year (full-time) Two or three years (part-time)

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£7,985
Overseas fees:
£17,215

This is a Band 1 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

  • Minimum upper second class honours (or equivalent)

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

The region known as "Pacific Asia" can be defined in various ways, but the "core" countries are China, Japan, Korea and the ASEAN nations (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines). Together, they make up one of the most diverse and important regions in the world.

SOAS has more expertise in this part of the world than any other institution in Western Europe; indeed there are very few places anywhere in the world that can boast the same range of expertise.

This degree is a way of bringing together the large number of modules on Pacific Asia currently on offer in SOAS Masters programmes for Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, South East Asian Studies, and Korean Studies.

The modules chosen must cover three of the four regions of China and Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia.

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Structure

Students take modules to the value of three taught units, one of which is considered a major, and complete a 10,000-word dissertation related to the major.

As a Regional Studies programme students will be expected to select their modules from more than one discipline, The two minor units can be taken from the same discipline (but different to that of the major) or two different ones. The modules chosen must cover three of the four regions of China and Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia.

Anthropology
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of JAPAN 15PANH065 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of Taiwan 15PCHH003 0.5 Unit Term 1
Art and Archaeology
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
The Figure of the Buddha: Theory, Practice and the Making of Buddhist Art History 15PARH076 0.5 Unit Term 1
Buddhist and Hindu Art of the Maritime Silk Route 15PARH057 0.5 Unit Term 1
Illustrated Manuscript Cultures of Southeast Asia 15PARH073 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Ceramics in Chinese Culture: 10th - 18th Centuries 15PARH046 0.5 Unit Term 1
Popular Practice in the Edo Period Arts 15PARH008 0.5 Unit Term 2
Shogunal Iconography in the Edo Period 15PARH007 0.5 Unit Term 1
Cinema
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 0.5 Unit Term 1
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 0.5 Unit Term 2
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 0.5 Unit Term 1
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 0.5 Unit Term 2
Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) 15PSEH008 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Japanese Television since 1953 15PJKC006 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
(Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Vietnam on Screen (PG) 15PSEH014 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Indonesia on Screen(PG) 15PSEH015 0.5 Unit Term 1
Economics
Available as a minor only
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Economic problems and policies in modern China 15PECC035 1 Unit Full Year
Available as a major only
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Economic dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region 15PECC334 1 Unit Full Year
History
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 0.5 Unit Term 1
Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 0.5 Unit Term 2
Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 1 - Making States and Building Nations 15PHIH011 0.5 Unit Term 1
Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 2 - Non-National Perspectives 15PHIH012 0.5 Unit Term 2
Asian Wars : World War II and the End of Empire, 1942-1960 15 PHI H038 0.5 unit Unit
Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 0.5 Unit Term 2
Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 0.5 Unit Term 1
World War II, Cold War, and the "War On Terror": the United States and South East Asia 15PHIC059 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
International Studies and Diplomacy
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Energy Policy in the Asia-Pacific 15PFFH011 0.5 Unit Term 2
Language (one language option as a minor only)
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Spoken Cantonese (PG) 15PCHC006 1 Unit Full Year
Basic Korean (PG) 15PJKC022 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Korean (PG) 15PJKC015 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Intermediate Korean (PG) 15PJKC013 1 Unit Full Year
Korean Advanced (Masters) 15PEAC018 1 Unit Full Year
Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 1 Unit Full Year
Basic Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC010 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC011 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced Practical Japanese (Masters) 15PEAC021 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 1 Unit Full Year
Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 1 Unit Full Year
Indonesian Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC033 1 Unit Full Year
Indonesian Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC034 1 Unit Full Year
Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Khmer (Cambodian) Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC043 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 1 Unit Full Year
Thai Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC041 1 Unit Full Year
Thai Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC042 1 Unit Full Year
Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 1 Unit Full Year
Vietnamese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC037 1 Unit Full Year
Directed Readings in a South East Asian Language 15PSEH016 0.5 Unit Term 1
Law (minor only)
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Law and Society in Southeast Asia 15PLAH049 0.5 Unit Term 2
Modern Chinese Law and Institutions 15PLAC139 1 Unit Full Year
Chinese Commercial Law 15PLAC106 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
Islamic Law (Ma/Llm) 15PLAC121 1 Unit Full Year
Migration, Gender and The Law in South East Asia and Beyond 15PLAH023 0.5 Unit Term 2
Literature

Appropriate language skills are required.

Available as a minor only
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Jawi and the Malay Manuscript Tradition (Masters) 15PSEH006 0.5 Unit Term 2
Literature

No language requirement.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
The Urban/Rural Divide in South East Asian Literature 15PSEH012 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asia Literatures in Translation (Masters) 15PSEH009 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
English Literatures of South East Asia 15PSEH013 0.5 Unit Term 1
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia (PG) 15PSEH017 0.5 Unit Term 2
Available as a minor only
Music
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Available as a minor only
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 0.5 Unit Term 2
Politics
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 1 Unit Full Year
China and international politics 15PPOC018 1 Unit Full Year
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 1 Unit Full Year
Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 1 Unit Full Year
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 1 Unit Full Year

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Lectures and Seminars

For most modules there is one 2-hour class each week. This may be an informal lecture followed by a discussion or student presentation. At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work where students may be expected to make full-scale presentations for units they take.

Dissertation

The 10,000-word dissertation on an approved topic linked with one of the taught modules.

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 1 tuition fee.

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

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£7,985 £17,215 £3,993 £8,608 £2,662 £5,738

Employment

As a student specialising in Pacific Asia, you will gain competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature and culture (which can include literature, film, music, art and religion) of various parts of Pacific Asia.

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in both business and the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

Not only does SOAS offer a first class education with top scholars in the field, it also offers a great professional and social network. Upon graduation, my professional career path was wide opened. The SOAS experience has taught me to be a specialist in different fields, not only politics, but also development, gender and migration, and good governance.

Dinita Setyawati

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