SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

States, people, and power in Asia and Africa

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2020/2021
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year
This course provides a first introduction to the nature of politics in Asia and Africa focussing on the nature of Third World states, popular politics, the impact of religion on politics, questions of tradition and identity, problems of “development” and the forms of regional conflict in the post-Cold War world.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • To introduce students to main processes of political change in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
  • To familiarize students with the basic theoretical literature regarding such processes
  • To present an eclectic set of empirical examples of such processes, drawn from cases in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
  • To equip students to begin themselves applying theories to specific cases


  • 1 hour lecture per week
  • 1 hour tutorial per week

Method of assessment

Assessment is 40% coursework and 60% unseen examination.


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