SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

BA Development Studies

duration:
3 Years

2018 Entry requirements

  • Applicants with non-standard qualifications may be invited for interview
A Levels:
AAA-AAB
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: Overall 80% including 3 extended level subjects

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Overview

Programme Code: L905 BA/DevS

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Have you got a passion for addressing the major issues and challenges facing today’s global community? The BA Development Studies programme draws upon the significant expertise of our academic staff. This exciting programme examines key topics in international development, while analysing the roles and impact of a wide variety of regional and international actors. By the time you graduate, you will have cultivated a deep knowledge of the causes of - and responses to - poverty, marginalisation and vulnerability in developing countries and the process of dramatic social, economic and political change.

Why study Development Studies at SOAS?

  • we are specialists within the humanities including in key topics such as international development, gender development, violence and conflict, environmental sustainability, the role of aid and trade in promoting development, as well as refugees and forced migration
  • our staff have unrivalled practical knowledge across the discipline and regularly inform organisations such as the UN, NGOs and international governments
  • as well as the curriculum knowledge you will also obtain a rich historical and cultural knowledge about the countries and regions in which you may work in
  • you will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our Open Options modules to take advantage of the expertise of our other departments, including the opportunity to learn a language
  • we are specialists in the delivery of languages. Your command of a language at SOAS will set you apart from graduates of other universities

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Structure

Students take 120 credits per year composed of core and optional modules, which allows for students to design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.

Highlights include:

  • Introductions to key issues in international development, such as gender and development; violence and conflict; environment and development; the role of aid and trade in promoting development; refugees and forced migration
  • Exploring the history of development, and the interaction of changing theories of development with practice and policy
  • The possibility of undertaking an independent study project, researching a development studies related topic of your own choosing
  • The opportunity to specialise through a range of options, including Global Forced Migration, Development Practice, and NGOs and Development.

YEAR ONE

Students will take  three core/compulsory modules in development studies, as well as one  Open Option (a Language module or a non-language module from another department).

YEAR TWO

Students take core/compulsory modules to the value of 60 credits in Development Studies. They must also take at least one optional module within Development Studies. They may then take either another Development Studies optional module, or can choose an Open Option from another department.

YEAR THREE

Students take Development Studies options to the value of at least 90 credits, and can choose as their final module unit an Open Option from another department.

Year One

Students will take 3 core/compulsory module units in development studies, as well as 1 'open option' (this may be a module at SOAS in a subject or language other than those named in the student’s chosen degree title).

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction To Development Studies 151010001 30 Full Year
Introduction to Political Economy of Development 151010048 30 Full Year
Critical Reasoning in Contemporary Development Studies 151010046 30 Full Year
Year Two

Students take core/compulsory modules to the value of two units in development studies. They must also take at least one optional module unit within Development Studies. They may then take either another Development Studies optional unit, or can choose an 'open option' from another department.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Comparative Studies on Development 151010022 30 Full Year
Introduction to Development Practice 151010047 15 Term 1
Key Thinkers and Theories in Development 151010049 15 Term 2
Year Two Development Studies Options
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Development Communication 151010044 15 Term 2
Development and conflict 151010041 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Introduction to global forced migration studies 151010020 30 Full Year
Governance and development 151010040 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Non-governmental organisations, development and change 151010034 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Political economy of finance, debt and development 151010038 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Year Two Economics Options

N.B. 153400003 Introduction to Economic Analysis is a prerequisite for all of the options below.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Banking and Finance 153400100 30 Full Year
International Economics 153400106 30 Full Year
Year Two Politics Options
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa 153400067 30 Full Year
Government and politics of China 153400071 30 Full Year
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 30 Full Year
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 30 Full Year
Political theory 153400054 30 Full Year
Politics of development 153400042 30 Full Year
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 30 Full Year
Year Two Geography Courses (KCL)

Refer to the 'BA Geography and...' page, or contact Dr Debby Potts (debby.potts@kcl.ac.uk) at KCL to discuss module choices.

Year Three

Students take Development Studies options to the value of at least 3 units, and can choose as their final module unit an 'open option' from another department.

Year Three Development Studies Options
Module Code Credits Term Availability
BA Professional Placement 151010051 30 Full Year
Development Communication 151010044 15 Term 2
Development and conflict 151010041 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Independent study project in Development Studies 151010006 30 Full Year
Introduction to global forced migration studies 151010020 30 Full Year
Natural resources, development and change: putting critical analysis into practice 151010050 15 Term 2
Neoliberalism, Democracy and Development 151010045 15 Term 1
Non-governmental organisations, development and change 151010034 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Governance and development 151010040 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Issues in Borders and Development 151010028 15 Term 2
Issues in gender and development 151010021 15 Term 1
Issues in global commodity chains, production networks and informal work 151010032 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Issues of the working poor and development 151010037 15 Term 2
Security (BA) 151010035 15 Term 1
Year Three Economics Options
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Principles of Marxist Political Economy 153401005 15 Term 2
Year Three Politics Options
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa 153400067 30 Full Year
Government and politics of China 153400071 30 Full Year
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 30 Full Year
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 30 Full Year
Political theory 153400054 30 Full Year
Politics of development 153400042 30 Full Year
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 30 Full Year
Year Three Geography Courses (KCL)

Refer to the 'BA Geography and...' page, or contact Dr Debby Potts (debby.potts@kcl.ac.uk) at KCL to discuss module choices.

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Modules are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, usually one hour a week of each. Sometimes, one follows the other in a two-hour bloc. Sometimes, the tutorial is at a different time or on a different day than the lecture.

Tutorials are sessions in which students are expected to present reports and take a lead in discussions.

Depending on the size of the class, some intermediate and advanced level modules are less strictly divided between a formal lecture and a tutorial discussion, and instead, the topic is briefly introduced by the lecturer, followed by a seminar discussion. Advanced level modules, which are usually taught in one two-hour bloc, often take this format.

The Independent Study Project (ISP)

This module can be taken by final-year students only. It is the equivalent of a dissertation, its aim is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct original historical research on their own initiative, to engage in in-depth analysis of particular subjects and to use a range of primary historical sources. There are no formal classes and is assessed by a single 10,000-word dissertation (including notes but excluding bibliography).

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

Employment

The degree structure allows students to develop their understanding of the world, other peoples’ ways of life and how society is organised, with specific focus on violence and conflict, the role of aid, refugees and forced migration.

Skills gained include:

  • specialist knowledge of human rights, international development and politics
  • the ability to think laterally and employ critical reasoning
  • analytical skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to formulate sound arguments
  • ability to interpret and explain complex information clearly
  • communication and presentation skills

Graduates go on to work in development planning and in government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Other career paths include journalism, the civil service, banking and the social and educational services. Others are interested in specialising further through postgraduate studies, not only in Development Studies, but also in Economics, Politics, Social Anthropology, Law, Geography, History and Languages.

Find out more about Development Studies Graduate Destinations

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

  • BBC World Service
  • Bloomberg
  • British Council
  • British Red Cross
  • Department for International Development (DfID)
  • Palestine Red Crescent Association
  • Save the Children
  • UNICEF Ethiopia

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Coordinator of Education
  • Development Policy Officer
  • Freelance Broadcast Journalist
  • Human Rights Officer
  • Manager of Fundraising, Communications and Administration
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Project Support Officer
  • Resourcing Executive

A Student's Perspective

Being at SOAS has been one of the most interesting experiences in my life, from both a social and academic point of view. The School has an atmosphere like no other place I have ever been. In fact, after my first visit to the university, I decided that if I did not get my grades, I would not go to any other place!

Maryam Ramadan

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