Our Co-Heads of Department say:
"The Department of Economics wants to extend well wishes to all current and prospective students. We hope that you and their loved ones remain healthy during this global crisis.
We plan to run all our advertised degree programmes in the academic year 2020/21. Covid-19 has brought about a period of global uncertainty. We understand that a degree choice is one of the most important life decisions, and we assure you that delivering a world-class education is first and foremost on our minds as we make preparations for next year.
In the SOAS Economics Department we continue strengthening our unique programmes, drawing on our pluralist approach to economics. We have recently started incorporating more explicitly topics related to the climate crisis and gender inequalities, we have included more interactive elements in our teaching and are redesigning our quantitative modules for the next academic year in order to provide a more applied perspective. We also intend to incorporate the economic and social developments related to COVID-19, building on our heterodox tradition and regional expertise.
We welcome new applications for study across our programmes and extend a warm welcome for offerholders. Please join us at any of the online activities we will be hosting in the next few months and do get in touch directly with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!"
"The SOAS Department of Economics is a leading centre for economics research. We have a vibrant research culture driven by staff working on a plethora of issues. We specialise in the study of developing and emerging economies and our work covers an unparalleled range of countries and regions. We offer a pluralist and applied approach to the study of economics. To be sure, one of our goals is to ensure that all our students graduate with an excellent understanding of mainstream economic theory. However, we also encourage our students to develop a proper understanding of the limitations of mainstream theory. In so doing, we place great emphasis on introducing our students to the history of economics as a discipline and, importantly, to some of the alternative, 'heterodox' approaches to economic analysis, including Marxist, feminist, Keynesian, and Schumpeterian perspectives. At the same time, the work of the department is fundamentally concerned with the application of economics to real world issues and reflects real policy concerns. As such, students are encouraged to develop a deep understanding of particular countries and issues, based on concrete analysis of history, institutions, and political economy. This reflects a shared view within the department that economics should be rigorous, reflective and, fundamentally, useful."