SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

BA Development Studies (2019 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
3 Years

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 composed of Core, Compulsory and Optional modules.

Core modules: A core module is required for the degree programme, so must always be taken and passed before you move on to the next year of your programme.

Compulsory modules: A compulsory module is required for the degree programme, so must always be taken, and if necessary can be passed by re-taking it alongside the next year of your programme.

Optional modules: These are designed to help students design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.

YEAR 1
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction To Development Studies 151010001 30 Full Year
Introduction to Political Economy of Development 151010048 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Critical Reasoning in Contemporary Development Studies 151010046 30 Full Year
YEAR 2
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Comparative Studies in Development 151010022 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Key Thinkers and Theories in Development 151010049 15 Term 2
Introduction to Development Practice 151010047 15 Term 1
  • PLUS choose additional compulsory module(s) from Year 2 Development Studies Options list below to the value of 30 credits
Optional Modules
  • Choose a module(s) from Year 2 Development Studies Options list below to the value of 30 credits
  • OR choose a module(s) from Year 2 Economics, Politics Options list below or any Level 5 to the value of 30 credits
  • OR choose Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits
YEAR 3
Route 1
  • Choose modules from Year 3 Development Studies, Economics or Politics Options list below to the value of 120 credits
Route 2
  • Choose modules from Year 3 Development Studies, Economics or Politics Options list below to the value of 90 credits
  • Choose Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits
LIST OF MODULES (subject to availability)
Year 2 Development Studies Options
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Development Communication 151010044 15 Term 2
Development and conflict 151010041 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Introduction to global forced migration studies 151010020 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Governance and development 151010040 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Non-governmental organisations, development and change 151010034 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Political economy of finance, debt and development 151010038 15 Term 1
Year 2 Economics Options
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Banking and Finance 153400100 30 Full Year
International Economics 153400106 30 Full Year
Year 2 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 3 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 2018/2019
Independent study project in Development Studies 151010006 30 Full Year
Introduction to global forced migration studies 151010020 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Natural resources, development and change: putting critical analysis into practice 151010050 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Neoliberalism, Democracy and Development 151010045 15 Term 2
Non-governmental organisations, development and change 151010034 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Governance and development 151010040 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Issues in Borders and Development 151010028 15 Term 1
Issues in gender and development 151010021 15 Term 1
Issues in global commodity chains, production networks and informal work 151010032 15 Term 2
Issues of the working poor and development 151010037 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Security (BA) 151010035 15 Term 1
Year 3 Economics Options
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Principles of Marxist Political Economy 153401005 15 Term 2
Year 3 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

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Our teaching and learning approach is designed to support and encourage students in their own process of self-learning, and to develop their own ideas, responses and critique of international development practice and policy. We do this through a mixture of lectures, and more student-centred learning approaches (including tutorials and seminars). Teaching combines innovative use of audio-visual materials, practical exercises, group discussions, and guided reading as well as conventional lecturing. Assessment of most modules is through a combination of coursework and written examination.

The introductory and core modules provide the solid disciplinary grounding, whilst options allow students to develop deeper expertise in areas of their own interest. In their final year, students have the opportunity to complete either an Independent Study Project, an extended 10,000 word essay, supervised by one of the Department staff; or an assessed Professional Placement.

Contact Hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, in modules of 30 or 15 credits. They are taught over 10 or 20 weeks. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. In the Department of Development Studies, most undergraduate modules have a 2-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial every week.  A few modules, which are jointly taught with PG students, have a 1-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial every week.

More information is on the page for each module.

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

My experience of living in London was diverse. London doesn’t seem to lack in anything. My friends and I brought a challenge upon ourselves to find activities which the city could not offer. Fortunately we failed!

Roku Foku, Vassar College

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