SOAS University of London

School of Law

BA Politics, Economy & Law (2021 entry)

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The SOAS Politics, Economy & Law BA (Hons) degree takes a transdisciplinary approach to the study of politics, law and economy.  The programme of study is situated within global and non-western contexts, including Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas, drawing on SOAS’ unique and internationally renowned approach to these fields.  It will examine how each is constituted, gives life to specific social formations, and shapes the most pressing issues of our time.

The distinctive pedagogical approach of the core modules aims to equip students with the skills and capacities needed for future careers on the global stage, whether that in the public or private sectors.

Students will have the opportunity to study politics, economy and law in a way that incorporates critical insights emanating from the disciplines of history, gender, race and sexuality studies, sociology, philosophy and politics. Taking politics, economy and law as formations that are constructed and open to contestation, students will have the intellectual space to examine some of the most pressing questions and issues confronting people globally, including neo-liberalism, migration, the production of vulnerable populations, environmental issues and climate justice, amongst other topics.

The programme aims to equip students with the ability to understand the central place of law, politics and economy in contemporary modes of governance, democracy, globalisation, migration and displacement, state formation, citizenship, labour movements, and wide-ranging considerations of equality and justice.

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Entry requirements

  • SOAS accepts students from a wide variety of backgrounds, as well as mature applicants and those with non-standard qualifications. Among these applicants those with Access to Law qualifications and SOAS Intermediate Certificate Course students are preferred. A Levels: A*AA - AAB IB:37 (6/6/6)
  • Interview Policy: Interview Policy: We also encourage applicants with non-standard qualifications (including Access to Higher Education Diploma and Foundation Courses) all of whom are required to take the LNAT. We also encourage students taking the SOAS Foundation Courses at IFCELS to apply. Students offering level 3 BTEC qualifications either on their own or in combination will be required to take the LNAT.
A Levels:
37 (6/6/6)

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Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction (with LNAT)

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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3 Years

Fees 2020/21

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2020/21 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



Students take 120 credits composed of Core, Compulsory and Optional modules.

Core modules: These are mandatory and must be passed in the year they are taken before the student can progress to the next year.

Compulsory modules: These are mandatory but in the case of a failure, students may carry this into their next year provided that they retake and pass the failed element or exam.

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

Modules are taught in small groups to optimise individual engagement.

Year 1
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Law, Society and Politics 155200094 15
Critical Thinking, Writing, and Research 155200093 15
Introduction to economic analysis 153400003 30 Full Year
Introduction to Political Theory 153400001 30 Full Year
Public Law 155200076 30 Full Year
Year 2
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Advanced Seminar in Politics, Economy and Law 155200092 30
Project Design 155200095
Guided Options

Choose modules from the List of Year 2 Optional Modules below to the value of 75 credits.

Year 3
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Independent Study Project on a Selected Legal topic 155200041 30 Full Year
Guided Options

Choose modules from Politics & International Relations, Development Studies, Economics and Law to the value of 45 credits


Choose module(s) from Politics & International Relations, Development Studies, Economics and Law to the value of 30 credits


An approved University of London module to the value of 30 credits

List of Modules (subject to availability)
List of Year 2 Optional Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Islamic Law 155200037 30 Full Year
Law and Society in Africa 155200090 15 Term 1
Social Theory 151801003 30 Full Year
Foundations of Human Rights Law 155200082 15 Term 2
Public International Law 155200083 15 Term 1
International Environmental Law 155200089 15 Term 1
Introduction to Global Commodities Law 155200080 15 Term 2
Political economy of finance, debt and development 151010038 15 Term 2
Neoliberalism, Democracy and Development 151010045 15 Term 2
Security (BA) 151010035 15 Term 1
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 30 Full Year
Government and politics of China 153400071 30 Full Year
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 30 Full Year
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 15 Term 1
African and Asian Diasporas. Migration, Space, Identity (UG) 151802052 15 Term 1
International Economics 153400106 30 Full Year
Comparative Growth and Development 153400102 30 Full Year
Issues in Development Economics 153400124 30 Full Year
Introduction to global forced migration studies 151010020 30 Full Year
Governance and development 151010040 15 Term 1
List of Year 3 Optional Modules
Module Code Credits Term
International Law of the Sea 155200086 15 Term 2
Issues in global commodity chains, production networks and informal work 151010032 15 Term 1
Law, Terror and State Power 155200091 15 Term 2
Issues in gender and development 151010021 15 Term 1
Politics of Culture 153400075 15 Term 2
Politics of Gender 153400074 15 Term 2
Palestine/Israel and the International 153400087 15 Term 1
Islam and Democracy 153400065 30 Full Year
Key Debates on Neoliberalism 153402003 15 Term 1
African Political Thought 153402004 15 Term 2
Going Global: An Introduction to International Migration 153400088 15 Term 2
Decolonising World Politics 153402002 15 Term 2
Conflict, Rights and Justice 153402006 15 Term 2
China and World Development 153401003 15 Term 2
Principles of Marxist Political Economy 153401005 15 Term 2
Issues in Borders and Development 151010028 15 Term 1
Law, Multiculturalism and Rights 155200064 30 Full Year
Political theory 153400054 30 Full Year
Politics of development 153400042 15 Term 2

Programme Specification

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

Modules are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, usually two hours lecture and one hour tutorial a week. Sometimes, one follows the other in a three-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 final year  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.

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 Law, many undergraduate modules have a weekly two hour lecture or seminar. Some modules may also had an additional hour of smaller group classes weekly or fortnightly.  

More information is on the page for each module.

The Independent Study Project (ISP)

This can be taken by final-year students only. Like the Special Subject 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. It involves 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.

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How to apply

Please note that we are currently not accepting applications for the BA Politics, Economics and Law programme.

You might be interested in our other Politics, Economics or Law degree programmes instead.

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