SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

BA Global Liberal Arts (2019 entry)

Year of entry: 2019 2018

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,907


Fees for 2018/19 entrants. 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 Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2018 Entry requirements

  • Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications usually invited
A Levels:
AAB-ABB
IB:
35 (665 at HL)

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BTEC: DDM

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB

Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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Overview

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

The BA in Global Liberal Arts at SOAS is broad but rigorous, for highly-motivated students who wish to explore a range of subjects from arts and humanities to languages and social sciences. It provides a sophisticated understanding of the world as a whole, expert knowledge of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and the skills you need to succeed on and after your degree.

Each year you will take a module from four different tracks. Skills and methods modules teach critical thinking, project design, and research methods. The global track considers the world as a whole, while providing disciplinary training. The regional track focuses on particular parts of the world, which the fourth track complements, with the study of a language from one of these regions.

The degree is designed to give you the perspective, specialist knowledge, and skills you need to succeed in a broad range of professions. It will provide the adaptability and flexibility you need in our rapidly changing world.

Convenors

Key Information Set Data

Structure

General Structure

The programme is designed to ensure breadth and depth, allowing you to acquire expertise in a particular discipline and region, while encouraging you to place this in wider interdisciplinary and global contexts. It is also possible to explore a variety of disciplinary approaches and/or regional settings. All students will acquire the training in skills and methods they need to succeed in their chosen intellectual path.

Each year you will take a module in four different tracks:

  • the Skills and Methods track focuses on acquiring the core skills you need to succeed at university and beyond, progressing from modules on verbal and quantitative literacy in the first year, through project design and research methods in the second, to an independent research project in your final year.
  • the Global track comprises a series of modules that ask you to understand the world as a whole, providing you with a broad framework within which to place your own regions of interest. It is also possible from the second year to develop a particular disciplinary specialisation.
  • the Regional track comprises modules that focus on one of the five regions we study at SOAS - Africa, the Near and Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia - as well as modules focusing on particular countries. It is possible to focus on one region throughout your degree, or to study different regions in different years.
  • the Language track allows you to pursue the study of one of the many Asian or African languages we teach at SOAS to the intermediate level. It is possible after the first year to study linguistics or literature in translation instead of languages if preferred.

Within each track, modules are progressive and learning outcomes are cumulative, to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge you need before undertaking each module. In outline, therefore, each year will look as follows. (See the following section for further detail.)

  • Year 1: two modules on verbal and quantitative literacy; an introduction to global studies; an introductory regional module; and a language module.
  • Year 2: the project design & research methods module; an intermediate global module; an intermediate regional module; and a module of language, or of linguistics / literature in translation.
  • Year 3: the core dissertation module; an advanced global module; an advanced regional module; and a module of language, or of linguistics literature in translation.

Module Groupings

The degree draws on modules from throughout the School. The options can be found on the list of modules for the global, regional, and language tracks, which will be produced annually and is sub-divided into the lists specified above.

The programme draws on modules from throughout the School, but students should note that the availability of modules may change and that the choice of modules is subject to some restrictions. Please note the following in particular:

  • the lists of available modules are subject to change on an annual basis, due to ongoing curriculum revision by the departments concerned. Students will be advised which modules are available each year prior to registration.
  • some modules are subject to pre-requisites and other restrictions (eg approval by the module convenor). Students are advised to check individual module pages carefully, so that they can plan ahead.
  • the wide range of available modules means that there will be some timetable clashes between modules. Students are therefore advised to consider various module options at each stage of their degree.

The programme convenor and tutors will work carefully with each student to design their programme of study. At the beginning of the programme we will establish your intellectual goals and chart potential pathways. We will then consider your academic progress and future plans before making your module choices each spring.

Programme structure

Each year you must take 30 credits from each of four different tracks:

  • Skills and methods
  • Global
  • Regional
  • Language

Compulsory and optional modules are as follows, with full listings of optional modules below.

Year 1

Core Modules: Year 1: Skills and Methods

All students take the following two core modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Writing Well 154800297 15 Term 1
Using Numbers 154800298 15 Term 2
Compulsory Modules:
Year 1: Global

All students take the following compulsory module:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to Global Studies 154800299 30 Full Year
Regional

Students will take 30 credits from the regional modules in List A below

Language

Students will take 30 credits from the language modules in List D1 below

Year 2

Core Module: Year 2:
Skills and methods

All students take the following core module:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Project Design and Research Methods 154800306 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules: Year 2:
Global

Students take 30 credits from the modules in List B

Regional

Student will take 30 credits from the modules in List C OR List D3 below

Language

30 credits from the modules in List D1 OR the literature or linguistics modules in Lists D2 and D3 below (if from List D3 you must choose from List C for the preceding regional track module)

Year 3

Core Module: Year 3:
Skills and methods

All students take the following core module:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Global Liberal Arts 154800307 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules: Year 3:
Global

Students take 30 credits from the modules in List B

Regional

Student will take 30 credits from the modules in List C OR List D3 below

Language

30 credits from the modules in List D1 OR the literature or linguistics modules in Lists D2 and D3 below (if from List D3 you must choose from List C for the preceding regional track module)

General notes

  • The lists of optional modules below are compilations of all open options available at SOAS, as of April 2018, indicating how they fit into the programme structure of the BA Global Liberal Arts, so that students can see the full range of modules available prior to module sign-up. The list is subject to change on an annual basis, due to ongoing curriculum development by the departments concerned. 
  • Students must double-check the list of open option modules (language list | non-language list) as well as individual module pages for any pre-requisites and other restrictions on modules. Students are also strongly encouraged to contact the module convenor before signing up for an optional module to ensure that they are adequately prepared for the module and that it will meet their academic objectives.
  • Students should make sure that they are taking a full load each year (120 credits), and try to ensure that any one-term, 15-credit modules are evenly distributed between the two terms.

 List of modules (subject to availability)

List A.  Regional track (year 1 only)

Africa
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture in Africa 155900838 30 Full Year
H110 Introduction to the History of Africa 154800228 30 Full Year
East Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H120 Introduction to the History of East Asia 154800229 30 Full Year
Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East 154800230 30 Full Year
Introduction to Arabic Culture 155901205 30 Full Year
South Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H140 Introduction to the History of South Asia 154800231 30 Full Year
South Asian Culture 155900812 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
South East Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
South East Asia on Film 155901318 15 Term 1
Introduction to South East Asia 155901320 15 Term 2

LIST B. Global track (years 2 and 3)

Year 2 only

Development Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Comparative Studies in Development 151010022 30 Full Year
Economics

(Note that you must consult the convenor prior to signing up for the module on the level and type of prior economics knowledge required.)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Banking and Finance 153400100 30 Full Year
Econometrics 153400103 30 Full Year
International Economics 153400106 30 Full Year
Issues in Development Economics 153400124 30 Full Year
Macroeconomic Analysis 153400123 30 Full Year
Microeconomic Analysis 153400130 30 Full Year
Finance and Management

(Note that there is a limit of 10 open option students per module.  Email notification will be sent confirming if your selection is approved or not.  Being able to select the module during module sign up therefore does not confirm approval of choice.)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to accounting 151030001 15 Term 1
Principles and management of marketing 151030004 15 Term 2
Organisational Behaviour 151030025 15 Term 2
Principles of Management 151030026 30 Full Year
Quantitative and analytical techniques for managers 151030005 15 Term 2
Understanding company accounts and reports 151030002 15 Term 2
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ethnomusicology: Themes and Variations 155800065 15 Term 1
Religions and Philosophies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Comparative Ethics 158000199 15 Term 2
Metaphysics in Comparative Perspective 158000198 15 Term 2
R101 Introduction to the Study of Religions 158000096 30 Full Year
Year 2 or 3
Anthropology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
African and Asian Cultures in the Diaspora 151802052 15 Term 1
Film
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Film Festivals and Film Curating 155902002 15 Term 1
Global Screen Industries 155901412 15 Term 1
Finance and Management

(Note that there is a limit of 10 open option students per module.  Email notification will be sent confirming if your selection is approved or not.  Being able to select the module during module sign up therefore does not confirm approval of choice.)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility 151030027 30 Full Year
Corporate finance and financial accounting 151030006 15 Term 2
International business strategy 151030008 15 Term 1
International marketing 1: the environment 151030010 15 Term 1
Managerial accounting 151030007 15 Term 1
Managerial economics 151030009 15 Term 2
Qualitative and case study research 151030011 15 Term 2
History of Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Museums and Museology 154900178 15 Term 1
Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to Global Commodities Law 155200080 15 Term 2
Public International Law 155200083 15 Term 1
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Global Hip-Hop 155800084 15 Term 1
Global Pop 155800089 15 Term 2
Music and travel on the Silk Road 158100006 15 Term 1
The Music Business 155800053 15 Term 2
Politics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa 153400067 30 Full Year
Decolonising World Politics 153402002 15 Term 1
Going Global: An Introduction to International Migration 153400088 15 Term 2
Nationalism, ethnicity and state in Asia and Africa 153400057 15 Term 2
Political theory 153400054 30 Full Year
Politics of development 153400042 30 Full Year
Politics of the World Economy 153400083 30 Full Year
Religion and World Politics 153402000 30 Full Year
War and the International 153400077 30 Full Year
Religions and Philosophies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Anglo-European Philosophies and Critical Dialogue: Hermeneutics and Beyond 158000135 30 Full Year
Death and the Meaning of Life 158000172 30 Full Year
Mysticism in the Great Traditions 158000022 30 Full Year
Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds 158000029 30 Full Year
School of Arts
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arts, Culture and Commodification: Themes in the Global Creative and Cultural Industries 158100001 15 Term 2
Critical Readings in Arts and Cultures 158100002 15 Term 1
Curating Global Arts 158100004 15 Term 2
Year 3 only
Development Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Issues in gender and development 151010021 15 Term 1
Neoliberalism, Democracy and Development 151010045 15 Term 2
Security (BA) 151010035 15 Term 1
Economics

(Note that you must consult the convenor prior to signing up for the module on the level and type of prior economics knowledge required.)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Gender Economics (UG) 153401001 15 Term 1
History of Economic Thought and Methods 153400135 15 Term 1
Limits to Growth? 153401007 15 Term 2
Principles of Marxist Political Economy 153401005 15 Term 2
The Economics of the Environment 153400136 15 Term 2
Finance and Management

(Note that there is a limit of 10 open option students per module.  Email notification will be sent confirming if your selection is approved or not.  Being able to select the module during module sign up therefore does not confirm approval of choice.)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Corporate governance 151030017 15 Term 2
Financial strategy 151030012 15 Term 1
International human resource management 151030018 15 Term 1
International marketing 2: global markets 151030015 15 Term 2
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Urban Soundscapes 155800083 15 Term 1
Religions and Philosophies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
'The Margins of Philosophy': Postcolonial, Gender, and Queer Epistemologies 158000116 30 Full Year

List C. Regional track (years 2 and 3)

Africa

Year 2 or 3
Anthropology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ethnography of East Africa 151802080 15 Term 2
Ethnography of West Africa 151802085 15 Term 2
Africa
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Religion in Africa 155901151 30 Full Year
History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H270 Society and Culture in Twentieth-Century Africa 154800244 30 Full Year
H275 Race, Class and Culture in the History of Southern Africa 154800221 30 Full Year
History of Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Africans in the Americas: Identities and Representation 154900166 15 Term 2
Art, Performance and The Body in Africa 154900198 15 Term 1
Arts and Society in Africa 154900199 15 Term 2
Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Law and Society in Africa 155200033 30 Full Year
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Atlantic Africa: (P)Layers of Mediation in African Popular Music (UG) 155800095 15 Term 2
The World of Cuban Music 155800058 15 Term 1
Politics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
International Relations of Africa 153400090 30 Full Year
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 30 Full Year
School of Arts
Module Code Credits Term Availability
African Filmmaking: From the 1960s to the Present 155902007 15 Term 1
Year 3 only
Economics

(Note that you must consult the convenor prior to signing up for the module on the level and type of prior economics knowledge required.)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Economic development of Africa 153400101 30 Full Year

Near and Middle East

Year 2 only
Finance and Management

(Note that there is a limit of 10 open option students per module.  Email notification will be sent confirming if your selection is approved or not.  Being able to select the module during module sign up therefore does not confirm approval of choice.)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Management in the Middle East and North Africa: Domestic and International Developments 151030024 30 Full Year
Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Muslim World: Unity in Diversity 155901258 30 Full Year
Year 2 or 3
Anthropology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ethnography of Near and Middle East 151802082 15 Term 2
History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H248 The Making of the Modern Middle East 154800227 30 Full Year
H247 Medieval Iran: Nomads, Settlers and Dynasts 154800222 30 Full Year
History of Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Islamic Art and Architecture of Medieval Iran and Central Asia (10th-13th centuries) 154900188 15 Term 1
Islamic Art Theories and Aesthetics 154900205 15 Term 1
Islamic Urbanism: Medina to Dubai 154900196 15 Term 2
Ottoman Art and Architecture (14th-17th centuries) 154900185 15 Term 2
Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Islamic Law 155200037 30 Full Year
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Jaffa: Music and Urbanism in the Contested Middle East 155800091 15 Term 1
Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Israeli History and the Israel-Palestine Conflict 155901167 30 Full Year
Politics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 30 Full Year
Religions and Philosophies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Islam in Britain 158000169 30 Full Year
Jewish Identity 158000168 15 Term 2
Year 3 only
Economics

(Note that you must consult the convenor prior to signing up for the module on the level and type of prior economics knowledge required.)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Economic development of the modern Middle East 153400031 30 Full Year
Finance and Management

(Note that there is a limit of 10 open option students per module.  Email notification will be sent confirming if your selection is approved or not.  Being able to select the module during module sign up therefore does not confirm approval of choice.)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN THE MIDDLE EASTERN AND NORTH AFRICAN ECONOMIES 151030019 15 Term 1
FINANCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA 151030022 15 Term 2
Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 1 155905000 15 Term 1
Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 2 155905001 15 Term 2
Jerusalem: A City in Conflict 155905003 15 Term 1

South Asia

Year 2 or 3
Anthropology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ethnography of South Asia 151802083 15 Term 1
History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H236 State and Society in Mughal India 154800286 30 Full Year
History of Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Exploring Visual Expressions of the Mandala 154900202 15 Term 2
Hindu Art in Medieval India 154900162 15 Term 1
Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Law and Society in South Asia 155200032 30 Full Year
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Classical singing in India: continuity and change 155800093 15 Term 2
Music, Religion and Society in South Asia 155800086 15 Term 1
Politics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 30 Full Year
International Relations of South Asia 153400082 30 Full Year
Religions and Philosophies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Philosophies of the Vedic Traditions: Mimamsa, Vedanta and Vyakarana 158000098 15 Term 2
South Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Cinema and Society in South Asia: History and Social Context 155906000 15 Term 1
Cinema and Society in South Asia: Key Issues 155906001 15 Term 2
Imagining Pakistan: culture, politics, gender 155901391 1 Unit
Year 3 only
Economics

(Note that you must consult the convenor prior to signing up for the module on the level and type of prior economics knowledge required.)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Economic development of South Asia 153400011 30 Full Year

East Asia

Year 2 only
China and Inner Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
History and Memory in East Asian Cultures 155903015 15 Term 2
Imagining Tibet 155903019 15 Term 2
Finance and Management

(Note that there is a limit of 10 open option students per module.  Email notification will be sent confirming if your selection is approved or not.  Being able to select the module during module sign up therefore does not confirm approval of choice.)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Management in China: domestic and international developments 151030003 30 Full Year
Management in Japan and Korea: Domestic and International Developments 151030023 30 Full Year
Japan and Korea
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Cool Japan: Manga, Anime, Sushi 155901416 15 Term 1
Modern Korea 1: History 155901428 15 Term 1
Modern Korea 2: Culture and Society 155901429 15 Term 2
Year 2 or 3
Anthropology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ethnography of China 151802079 15 Term 1
Ethnography of Japan 151802081 15 Term 1
History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H297 Modern China 154800281 30 Full Year
H283 Modern Japan 154800233 30 Full Year
History of Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Art and Culture in Imperial China 154900140 15 Term 2
Chinese Contemporary Art 154900174 15 Term 1
Contemporary Korean Arts in East Asia 154900150 15 Term 2
Visual Culture of Early-Modern Japan 154900120 30 Full Year
Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Chinese Law 155200055 30 Full Year
Politics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics of China 153400071 30 Full Year
International Relations of East Asia 153400078 30 Full Year
Politics, Economy, Society: Japan 153402001 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Taiwan's Politics and International Relations 153400072 30 Full Year
Religions and Philosophies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Taoism: the Great Tradition 158000181 15 Term 2
Themes in Japanese Religions 158000043 15 Term 2
Tibetan Buddhism 158000050 15 Term 1
Year 3 only
Economics

(Note that you must consult the convenor prior to signing up for the module on the level and type of prior economics knowledge required.)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
China's Economic Transformation 153401004 15 Term 1
China and World Development 153401003 15 Term 2
Economic development in the Asia Pacific region 153400133 15 Term 1
Economic development in the Asia-Pacific Region II 153401002 15 Term 2
Economic Development of Japan 153400134 15 Term 1
Finance and Management

(Note that there is a limit of 10 open option students per module.  Email notification will be sent confirming if your selection is approved or not.  Being able to select the module during module sign up therefore does not confirm approval of choice.)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Contemporary issues in the Chinese economy 151030014 15 Term 1
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN THE JAPANESE AND KOREAN ECONOMIES 151030020 15 Term 1
Finance in China 151030013 15 Term 2
FINANCE IN JAPAN AND KOREA 151030021 15 Term 2
Japan and Korea
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945 155901356 15 Term 2

South East Asia

Year 2 or 3
Anthropology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ethnography of South East Asia 151802084 15 Term 2
History of Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arts of SouthEast Asia 154900200 15 Term 1
The `Historical` Buddha: Explorations in Southeast Asian Arts 154900180 15 Term 2
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (UG) 155800081 15 Term 2
Politics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Southeast Asian government and politics 153400022 30 Full Year
South East Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Cultural Studies of Mainland South East Asia 155907003 15 Term 1
Cultural Studies of Island South East Asia 155907002 15 Term 2

List D. Language track

  • Students are encouraged to pursue language study throughout the programme. In most cases, students are advised to study a single language for all three years – more advanced modules than those listed below may be available. Students wishing to study more than one language should consult the programme convenor.
      
  • Some language modules have prerequisites, which can be found on the module's web page. Students are required to take a placement test before embarking on a language module at a level higher than beginner.  Some 'open option' only modules will only run if there are at least five students registered by the start of the academic year.
      
  • Students who find first-year language study difficult may want to switch to modules studying linguistics or literature in translation (list D2 or D3).  If they choose a module from list D3, they must restrict their regional options in years 2 and 3 to list C, above. Those students wishing to discontinue language study after the first year should first consult the programme convenor.

D1. Language modules (all three years)

Africa
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Amharic 1 155900832 30 Full Year
Amharic 2 155900378 30 Full Year
Hausa 1 155900834 30 Full Year
Hausa 2(a) intermediate 155900324 30 Full Year
Somali 1 155900831 30 Full Year
Somali 2 155900811 30 Full Year
Swahili 1 155900985 30 Full Year
Swahili 2a Intermediate 155900986 30 Full Year
Yoruba 1 155900833 30 Full Year
Yoruba 2 155900935 30 Full Year
Zulu 1 155900840 30 Full Year
Zulu 2 155900851 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
China and Inner Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Chinese 1 155900828. 30 credits
Chinese 2 155900829 30 Full Year
Chinese 3 155901097 30 Full Year
Chinese 4 155901144 30 Full Year
Chinese 5 (Intermediate Business Chinese) 155901409 30 Full Year
Chinese 6: Advanced Business Chinese 155903010 15 Full Year
Tibetan (Classical) 1 155901275 30 Full Year
Tibetan (Classical) 2 155901289 30 Full Year
Japan and Korea
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Japanese 1 155900874 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Japanese 2 155900875 30 Full Year
Korean 1 155901399 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Korean 2 155901404 30 Full Year
Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 100 155901202 30 Full Year
Arabic 200 155901203 30 Full Year
Arabic 300 155901204 30 Full Year
Elementary Written Persian 155901053 30 Full Year
Elementary Persian Texts 155901155 30 Full Year
Elementary Written Turkish 155901051 30 Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Elementary 155901407 30 Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Intermediate 155900713 30 Full Year
Persian for Readers of Arabic Script 155905002 30 Full Year
South Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Bengali Language 1 155900491 30 Full Year
Bengali Language 2 155900492 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 1A 155906009 15 Term 1
Hindi Language 1B 155906010 15 Term 2
Hindi Language 2 155901183 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 3 155901269 30 Full Year
Nepali Language I 155900535 30 Full Year
Nepali Language 2 155900609 30 Full Year
Introduction to Prakrit 155901323 15 Term 1
Readings in Prakrit 155901324 15 Term 2
Sanskrit Language 1 155901303 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Language 2 155901304 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 1 155900512 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 2 155900513 30 Full Year
South East Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Burmese Language 1 155900910 30 Full Year
Burmese Language 2 155900997 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 1 155900448 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 2 155901022 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 3 155901023 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 4 155901024 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Khmer (Cambodian) Language 1 155901388 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Thai Language 1 155901366 30 Full Year
Thai Language 2 155901367 30 Full Year
Thai Language 3 155901353 30 Full Year
Thai Language 4 155901357 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Vietnamese Language 1 155900704 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 2 155900705 30 Full Year

D2. Global literature and linguistics modules (years 2 and 3 only)

English
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The novel and its others 152900108 30 Full Year
A special author 152900103 15 Term 1
Empire and the Postcolonial: Race Genders, Sexualities 152900104 15 Term 1
Southern Spaces 152900102 15 Term 2
Linguistics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Language, Society and Communication 152900083 15 Term 2

D3.  Regional literature modules(years 2 and 3 only)

Africa
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Realism and Magical Realism in the African Novel 155902005 15 Term 1
Sci-fi and Afrofuturism in the African Novel 155902006 15 Term 2
East Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Survey of Pre-Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 155901213 15 Term 1
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea 155901389 15 Term 1
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature 155901390 15 Term 2
Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Identity and Language in Hebrew literature 155901411 30 Full Year
South Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
South Asian Literature in English 155900927 15 Term 1
South East Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
English Literatures of South East Asia 155901410 15 Term 2
The City and the Countryside in South East Asian Literatures 155901326 15 Term 1
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia 155907001 15 Term 1

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

Teaching and Learning

The BA Global Liberal Arts is distinguished in that its core modules are taught seminar-style, in a two-hour bloc, to enable a focus on discussion and application of the skills and methods in question. There are also no written exams in these modules. They are assessed instead exclusively through coursework, which includes peer review and, in the second year, a group project.

The teaching methods in the other modules will vary, depending on the subject matter and level of the module, as well as the number of students in the class. Language modules are taught mostly in small tutorial groups. Most modules in the global and regional tracks will be taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, usually one hour a week of each. Some modules are less strictly divided between lecture and tutorial and may be taught seminar-style. Students are advised to consult individual module pages for further detail.

Assessment in the global, regional, and language tracks can take a variety of forms, again depending on the module. Most modules use a balance of coursework and written exams. Language modules tend to make use of oral assessment. Some non-language modules can also require oral presentations and other non-written forms of assessment.

 Learning Resources.

The 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.

The School makes extensive use of Moodle, an online learning environment, which allows us to distribute electronic materials, facilitate discussions et al. The School also has language laboratory facilities for formal teaching and self-study.

Pre Entry Reading

Given the nature of the degree, it is not possible to suggest readings that will introduce the full range of subjects available during your three years. The following are only starting-points, therefore.

For introductions to the liberal arts:
  • Fareed Zakaria. In Defense of a Liberal Education. 2015.
  • Jennifer M. Shepard. The Harvard Sampler: Liberal Education for the Twenty-First Century. 2011.
For introductions to the world and its history:
  • Robert Marks. The Origins of the Modern World. 2015, 2006, 2002.
  • Manfred Steger. Globalization: A Very Short Introduction. 2013.
And for introductions to the different regions we study at SOAS:
  • April A. Gordon and Donald A. Gordon. Understanding Contemporary Africa. 2013 et al.
  • Roy Richard Grinker and Christopher B. Steiner. Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation. 2010 et al.
  • John Iliffe, Africans: The History of a Continent. 2007 et al.
  • William L. Cleveland. A History of the Modern Middle East. 2009 et al.
  • Albert Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples. 2005 et al.
  • Albert Hourani, et al. The Modern Middle East: A Reader. 2004 et al.
  • Sugata Bose and Ayesha Jalal. Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy. 2011.
  • Barbara D. Metcalf and Thomas R. Metcalf, A Concise History of India. 2003
  • John Talbot. India and Pakistan. 2000
  • Craig Lockard. Southeast Asia in World History. 2009.
  • N. Owen. The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia. 2005.
  • M.C. Ricklefs et al. A New History of Southeast Asia. 2010.
  • Kent E. Calder and Ming Ye. The Making of Northeast Asia. 2010.
  • Warren Cohen. East Asia at the Centre. 2000.
  • Charles Holcombe, A History of East Asia. 2010.

 

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Employment

The programme is designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in a broad range of professions, across the public and private sectors. Employers are increasingly asking for evidence of the adaptability and flexibility needed in the rapidly changing world of work, which the interdisciplinary nature of this programme will provide. Graduates will find a wide range of professions and opportunities open to them, including business, charities, the civil service, consultancy, the creative industries, education, finance, government, the heritage sector, journalism, law, PR and marketing, and publishing. The degree will also provide a strong foundation for those wishing to pursue further study at postgraduate level.

Graduates from the SOAS History Department have gone on to work for a wide range of organisations, including the following. Given that the BA Global Liberal Arts allows you to take modules from throughout the School, you may want to look at other department and programme pages to see the full range of opportunities available to SOAS graduates

Graduates from the SOAS History Department have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

  • Embassy of Qatar, Cultural Attache's Office
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Social Action for Health
  • Abner Stein Literary Agency
  • Salusbury World Refugee Centre
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Bunkyo Gakuin University
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Cyprus
  • HSBC
  • Teenage Cancer Trust
  • UK Government Stabilisation Unit
  • Oriental and African Strategic Investment Services Limited
  • KPMG
  • Prisoners of Conscience
  • British Library
  • Amnesty International
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • University of Oxford
  • Freshfields
  • Natural History Museum
    Thai Government
  • Public Policy Exchange
  • Global Philanthropic
  • UNESCO
  • British Broadcasting Corporation

Graduates have assumed various roles, including:

  • Analyst
  • Barrister
  • Chief Risk Officer
  • Civil Servant
  • Consultant, IT Practice
  • Deployments Officer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Head of Operations
  • Lecturer
  • Playwright
  • Professional Researcher
  • Programme Developer for Community Learning
  • Project Manager
  • Regional Social Action Coordinator
  • Research And Development Executive
  • Risk Research Analyst
  • Senior Consultant
  • Teacher
  • UNESCO Intern

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

 

 

A Student's Perspective

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Amrit Kaur Lohia

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