SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

BA Global Liberal Arts (2022 entry)

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

The BA in Global Liberal Arts at SOAS is a broad interdisciplinary and rigorous degree for highly-motivated students like you who wish to explore subjects drawing on philosophy, history, politics, literature and the arts.

Join our stimulating programme at SOAS where we unearth the historical legacies in which global current crises are rooted and the dynamics of shifting social and geopolitical forces.

You will be encouraged to embrace intellectual curiosity and agility, the ability to think critically and expansively, make connections across disciplinary boundaries, nurture new perspectives and transcend barriers.

Gain a sophisticated understanding of the world as a whole plus benefit from the unique SOAS experience — expert knowledge of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Consequently you will be in a fortunate position to make a contribution to creative solutions and effective social change.

See Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Why study BA Global Liberal Arts at SOAS

  • we are World Top 50 for Arts & Humanities  (QS World University Rankings 2021)
  • SOAS is ranked in the top 5 universities in the UK for producing a CEO or Managing Director, according to new research
  • 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

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Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Entry requirements

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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Fees 2021/22

Fees for 2021/22 entrants per academic year

UK fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£19,560


Please note that fees go up each year. Further details see 'Fees and funding' (tab on this page) or the Registry's undergraduate tuition fees page.

Convenors

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:

  1. the Skills and Methods track focuses on acquiring the core skills you need to succeed at university and beyond, progressing from history modules that hone source-critical analytical skills to a philosophy module that develops the ability to think abstractly to a dissertation in your final year.  
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:modules on approaches to history; an introduction to world histories from the SOAS perspective; 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.

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.
Year 1 - Students will take compulsory modules from each of the
FOUR Tracks:
SKILLS, GLOBAL, REGIONAL, LANGUAGE OR LITERATURE

Year 1

Skills Track Compulsory Module

All students take the following  module:

Module Code Credits Term
H101 Approaching History (15Cr) 155906742 15 Term 1
H103 Colonial Curricula: Empire and Education at SOAS and Beyond 155906741 15 Term 2
Global Track Compulsory Module 

All students take the following module
Module Code Credits Term
H102 World Histories - Global Encounters and Connectivities 154800293 30 Full Year
Regional Track Compulsory module
Students will take 30 credits from the following modules
Module Code Credits Term
Culture in Africa 155900838 15 Full Year
H110 Introduction to the History of Africa 154800228 15 Term 1
H120 The Confucian World 154800229 15 Term 1
H130 Introduction to the Early History of the Middle East 154800230 15 Term 1
H140 Introduction to the History of South Asia 154800231 15 Term 2
H150 Introduction to the History of Modern East and Southeast Asia 154800323 15 Term 2
H160 The Middle East in the Modern World 154800324 15 Term 2
Introduction To Israeli Culture 155900947- 15
Introduction to Arabic Culture 155901205 15 Term 1
South Asian Culture 155900812 30 credits
East Asian Civilizations 155901464 30 Full Year
Language and Literature Track

Literature Modules Year 1

Module Code Credits Term
Literatures of Africa, the Middle East, South and South East Asia 1: The Art of Storytelling 155901379 15 Term 1
Cultures of Africa, the Middle East, South and South East Asia I: Basic Terms and Concepts 152900122 15 Term 1
Languages of the World 152900118 15 Term 2
Decolonising Otherness 152900120 15 Term 2
Films of Asia, Africa and the Middle East 1 155901317 15 Term 2
Literature Modules for years 2-3
Module Code Credits Term
African language literatures (oral and written) 155900677 30 Full Year
Contemporary African literature 155900839 15 Term 1
Realism and Magical Realism in the African Novel 155902005 15 Term 1
Sci-fi and Afrofuturism in the African Novel 155902006 15 Term 2
English Literatures of South East Asia 155901410 15 Term 1
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia 155907001 15 Term 1
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asian Literatures in Translation 155901316 15 Term 2
Issues in World Englishes 152900101 1.0
Fictions of History 155901013 30 Full Year
Literatures of the Islamic Near and Middle East 155900991 15 Term 2
Southern Spaces 152900102 15 Term 1
The novel and its others 152900108 30 Full Year
Language modules 

Please refer to list of language modules below

This list of Language modules will be available to students in Years 1 - 3

Year 2

SKILLS TRACK - Compulsory module

All students will take the following module

Module Code Credits Term
Philosophies of Interpretation and Understanding 158000135 30 Full Year

Global track (years 2 and 3)

Students will take 30 credits from the following modules

Anthropology

Module Code Credits Term
Anthropology and Climate Change 151802087 15 Term 2
Mind, Culture and Psychiatry 151802017 15 Term 1
Anthropology of Human Rights 151802075 15 Term 1
New Religious Movements in Africa, Asia and the Middle East 151802073 15 Term 1
Anthropology of Globalisation 151802077 15 Term 2
African and Asian Diasporas. Migration, Space, Identity (UG) 151802052 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
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
Microeconomic Analysis 153400130 30 Full Year
Global Economic Policy 153400141 15 Term 1
History of Economic Thought and Methods 153400135 15 Term 1
The Economics of the Environment 153400136 15 Term 2
Macroeconomic Analysis 153400123 30 Full Year
Gender Economics (UG) 153401001 15 Term 1
Finance and Management

Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to accounting 151030001 15 Term 1
Principles and management of marketing 151030004 15 Term 1
Organisational Behaviour 151030025 15 Term 2
Managerial economics 151030009 15 Term 1
Gender Economics (UG) 153401001 15 Term 1
Principles of Management 151030026 30 Full Year
International marketing 1: the environment 151030010 15 Term 2
Quantitative and analytical techniques for managers 151030005 15 Term 2
The Economics of the Environment 153400136 15 Term 2
Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility 151030027 30 Full Year
Qualitative and case study research 151030011 15 Term 2
International business strategy 151030008 15 Term 1
Financial Accounting 1 151030002 15 Term 2
International marketing 2: global markets 151030015 15 Term 2
International human resource management 151030018 15 Term 1
Management Accounting 2 151030007 15 Term 1
Corporate finance and financial accounting 151030006 15 Term 2
Corporate governance 151030017 15 Term 2
Financial strategy 151030012 15 Term 1
History
Module Code Credits Term
H211 Cities in History 154800301 15 Term 2
H213 Gender in History 154800303 15 Term 1
H214 Violence in History 154800304 15 Term 1
H212 Frontiers in History 154800302 15 Term 2
School of Arts
Module Code Credits Term
Urban Soundscapes 155800083 15 Term 2
Film Festivals and Film Curating 155902002 15 Term 2
Collecting and Collections 154900189 15 Term 2
Curating Global Arts 158100004 15 Term 1
Museums and Museology 154900178 15 Term 1
Gender and Music 155800073 15 Term 2
Arts, Culture and Commodification: Themes in the Global Creative and Cultural Industries 158100001 15 Term 2
Visual Arts of Africa and The Atlantic World: History, Creativity and Agency 154900203 15 Term 2
Global Hip-Hop 155800084 15 Term 2
Ethnomusicology: Themes and Variations 155800065 15 Term 1
Presenting World Music On Radio 155800076 15 Term 2
Sounds and Cultures 155800071 15 Term 1
Decolonising Pop: K-Pop and Beyond 155800089 15 Term 2
Music and travel on the Silk Road 158100006 15 Term 1
The Music Business 155800053 15 Term 2
Key Concepts in Cultural Theory 158100002 15 Term 1
Law
Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to Global Commodities Law 155200080 15 Term 2
Public International Law 155200083 15 Term 1
Limits to Growth? 153401007 15 Term 2
Law, Multiculturalism and Rights 155200064 30 Full Year
Politics
Module Code Credits Term
Religion and World Politics 153402000 1
Religion and World Politics 2: Critical Case Studies 153400161 15 Term 2
Decolonising World Politics 153402002 15 Term 1
Going Global: An Introduction to International Migration 153400088 15 Term 2
Politics of Nationalism 153400057 15 Term 1
Political Theory 153400054 30
Politics of development 153400042 15 Term 2
Politics of the World Economy 153400083 15 Term 1
Conflict, Rights and Justice 153402006 15 Term 2
Concepts in Political Theory 153400147 15 Term 1
Environment and Climate Crisis 153400150 15 Term 2
International Institutions and World Politics 153400068 15 Term 2
War and the International 153400167 15 Term 1
War and the International 2 153400168 15 Term 2
Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
Module Code Credits Term
Black Urban Studies 151230001 15 Term 1
Decolonising Otherness 152900120 15 Term 2
Language, Society and Communication 152900083 15 Term 1
Introduction to Translation Theory 152900113 15 Term 1
Religions and Philosophy
Module Code Credits Term
Comparative Ethics 158000199 15 Term 2
Death and the Meaning of Life 158000172 30 Full Year
Metaphysics in Comparative Perspective 158000198 15 Term 2
R490-Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds 158000029 -Not running 21/22
Introduction to Logic, Critical Reasoning and Argumentation 158000193 15 Term 2
Indian Buddhist Philosophy 154800308 15 Term 1
Philosophy and Decolonisation 155901398 15 Term 2
The Margins of Philosophy 158000116 30 Full Year
R430 Political Islam 154800310 30 Full Year
The Holocaust and the Problem of Evil 158000156 - not running in 2020/21 15 -runs in Term 1
Islamic Philosophy 155901338 15 Term 2
Philosophies of Language 158000196 15 Term 1
Development Studies
Module Code Credits Term
Principles of Marxist Political Economy 153401005 15 Term 2
Issues in gender and development 151010021 15 Term 1
Issues in Borders and Development 151010028 15 Term 1
Issues in Cities and Development 151010052 15 Term 2
Neoliberalism, Democracy and Development 151010045 15 Term 2
Governance and development 151010040 15 Term 1
Security (BA) 151010035 15 Term 1
Economic Globalisation in Asia 151010055 15
Innovations for Asia's Smart Cities 151010054 15
Non-governmental organisations, development and change 151010034 15 Term 2
The Economics of the Environment 153400136 15 Term 2
Development from Below 151010022 30 Full Year
Corporate governance 151030017 15 Term 2
Financial strategy 151030012 15 Term 1

Regional Track (years 2 and 3)

Students will take 30 credits from the following modules
Africa
Module Code Credits Term
African Philosophy 155901397 15 Term 1
African Political Thought 153402004 15 Term 1
Ethnography of East Africa 151802080 15 Term 2
Ethnography of West Africa 151802085 15 Term 2
H270 Culture and Society in African History, 1900 to the present 154800244 15 Term 2
H280 Atlantic Slavery and its Legacies in West Africa 154800247 15 Term 1
H294 - Race, Segregation, and Apartheid in Twentieth-century South Africa 154800317 15 Term 2
International Relations of Africa 153400090 30 Full Year
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 15 Term 1
The World of Cuban Music 155800058 15 Term 1
East Asia
Module Code Credits Term
Chinese Law 155200055 30
Government and politics of China 153400071 30 Full Year
H297 Mao's China, 1890s-1970s 154800281 15 Term 2
Japanese Buddhist Thought 154800315 15 Term 2
R471 Taoism: the Great Tradition 158000181 15 Term 2
Classical Chinese Thought 158000103 not running in 2020-21 15*
The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945 155901356 15 Term 2
Japanese Traditional Drama 155901422 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of Taiwan 155903020 15 Term 1
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature and Film 155901390 15 Term 1
History and Memory in East Asian Cultures 155903015 15 Term 2
Jerusalem: City in Conflict (UG) 155905003 15 Term 1
Culture and Society in Traditional Korea 155901431 15 Term 2
South Asia
Module Code Credits Term
Ancient and Medieval Indian Philosophy 158000098 15 Term 1
Cinema and Society in South Asia: Key Issues 155906001 15 Term 2
Ethnography of South Asia 151802083 15 Term 2
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 30 Full Year
H337 Histories of Partition: India and Pakistan 1947 (I) 154800282 30 Full Year
Imagining Pakistan: Culture, Politics, Gender 155906003 15 Term 1
International Relations of South Asia 153400082 15 Term 2
Law and Society in South Asia 155200032 30 Full Year
Political Economy of Development and Change in South Asia 153400143 15 Term 1
Song, Voice, and Body in Indian Music 155800093 15 Term 2
South Asian Political Thought 153400165 15 Term 2
H236 State and Society in Mughal India 154800286 15 Term 2
Writing South Asia 155900927 15 Term 1
MENA
Module Code Credits Term
Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 1 155905000 15 Term 1
Ethnography of Near and Middle East 151802082 15 Term 1
Cultural Studies of Mainland South East Asia 155907003 15 Term 1
H248 Nationalism and Revolution in the Modern Middle East, 1914-1979 154800227 15 Term 2
International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 30 Full Year
Islamic Law 155200037 30 Full Year
Jerusalem: City in Conflict (UG) 155905003 15 Term 1
Palestine/Israel and the International 153400087 15 Term 1
Political Economy of Development and Change in the Middle East 153400142 15 Term 1
R451 Jewish Identity from Ancient to Modern Times 158000168 15 Term 2
Zionism: Critical Perspectives (UG) 155905006 15 Term 2
Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 1 155905000 15 Term 1
Southeast Asia
Module Code Credits Term
Cultural Studies of South and South East Asia 155907002 15 Term 2
Cultural Studies of Mainland South East Asia 155907003 15 Term 1
Economic Development of Southeast Asia 153401006 15 Term 2
Ethnography of South East Asia 151802084 15 Term 1
Government and Politics of Island Southeast Asia 153400152 15 Term 2
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 15 Term 2
Government and Politics of Mainland Southeast Asia 153400153 15 Term 1
Language and Literature Track: Language Modules

  • 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: see Literature modules above. Those students wishing to discontinue language study after the first year should first consult the programme convenor.
Module Code Credits Term
Amharic 1 A 155906036 15 Term 1
Amharic 1 B 155906037 15 Term 2
Amharic 2 155900378 30 Full Year
Arabic 1 A (UG) 155906707 15 Term 1
Arabic 1 B (UG) 155906708 15 Term 2
Arabic 2 A (UG) 155906723 15 Term 1
Arabic 2 B (UG) 155906724 15 Term 2
Arabic 3 A (UG) 155906725 15 Term 1
Arabic 3 B (UG) 155906726 15 Term 2
Bengali Language 1 A 155906054 15 Term 1
Bengali Language 1 B 155906055 15 Term 2
Bengali Language 2 155900492 30 Full Year
Burmese Language 1 A 155906070 15 Term 1
Burmese Language 1 B 155906071 15 Term 2
Burmese Language 2 155900997 30 Full Year
Chinese 1 A 155906022 15 Term 1
Chinese 1 B 155906023 15 Term 2
Chinese 2 155900829 30 Full Year
Chinese 3 155901097 30 Full Year
Chinese 4 155901144 30 Full Year
Chinese 5 155901409 15 Term 1
Chinese for Business 155903010 15 Term 2
Hausa 1 A 155906040 15 Term 1
Hausa 1 B 155906041 15 Term 2
Hausa 2(a) intermediate 155900324 30 Full Year
Hebrew 2 A (UG) 155906734 15 Term 1
Hebrew 2 B (UG) 155906733 15 Term 2
Hindi Language 1 A 155906056 15 Term 1
Hindi Language 1 B 155906057 15 Term 2
Hindi Language 2 155901183 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 3 155901269 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 1 A 155906066 15 Term 1
Indonesian Language 1 B 155906067 15 Term 2
Indonesian Language 2 155901022 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 3 155901023 30 Full Year
Japanese 1 A 155906026 15 Term 1
Japanese 1 B 155906027 15 Term 2
Japanese 2 155900875 30 Full Year
Khmer (Cambodian) Language 1 A 155906074 15 Term 1
Khmer (Cambodian) Language 1 B 155906075 15 Term 2
Korean 1 A 155906028 15 Term 1
Korean 1 B 155906029 15 Term 2
Korean 2 155901404 30 Full Year
Nepali Language 1 A 155906060 15 Term 2
Nepali Language 1 B 155906061 15 Term 2
Nepali Language 2 155900609 30 Full Year
Persian 1 A 155906048 15 Term 1
Persian 1 B 155906049 15 Term 2
Persian 2 A (UG) 155906714 15 Term 1
Persian 2 B (UG) 155906713 15 Term 2
Persian 3 155900802 30 Full Year
Introduction to Prakrit 155901323 15 Term 1
Readings in Prakrit 155901324 15 Term 2
Sanskrit Language 1 A 155906064 15 Term 1
Sanskrit Language 1 B 155906065 15 Term 2
Sanskrit Language 2 155901304 30 Full Year
Somali 1 A 155906034 15 Term 1
Somali 1 B 155906035 15 Term 2
Somali 2 155900811 30 Full Year
Swahili 1 B 155906045 15 Term 2
Swahili 1 A 155906044 15 Term 1
Swahili 2a Intermediate 155900986 30 Full Year
Thai Language 1 A 155906072 15 Term 1
Thai Language 1 B 155906073 15 Term 2
Thai Language 2 155901367 30 Full Year
Thai Language 3 155901353 30 Full Year
Turkish 1 A 155906046 15 Term 1
Turkish 1 B 155906047 15 Term 2
Urdu Language 1 A 155906058 15 Term 1
Urdu Language 1 B 155906059 15 Term 2
Urdu Language 2 155900513 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 1 A 155906068 15 Term 1
Vietnamese Language 2 155900705 30 Full Year
Yoruba 1 A 155906038 15 Term 1
Yoruba 1 B 155906039 15 Term 2
Yoruba 2 155900935 30 Full Year
Zulu 1 A 155906042 15 Term 1
Zulu 1 B 155906043 15 Term 2
Zulu 2 155900851 30 Full Year

  • 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: see Literature modules above. Those students wishing to discontinue language study after the first year should first consult the programme convenor.

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

The teaching methods in modules will vary, depending on the subject matter and level of the module, as well as the number of students in the class.

Contact hours

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.

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.

SOAS Library

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

Employment 

With specialised historical knowledge, an understanding of cultural sensibilities and skills in research and analysis, graduates from the Department of History are well respected by employers across private and public sectors.


Recent graduates from the Department of History have been hired by:

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  • British Council
  • British Library
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  • Ernst and Young
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • HSBC
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • KPMG
  • Middle East Consultancy Services
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Cyprus
  • Natural History Museum
  • Publicis Media
  • UNESCO
  • United Nations Development Programme

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A Student's Perspective

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