SOAS University of London

Faculty of Law and Social Sciences

Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (L&SS)

Excellent student satisfaction for Faculty of Law and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (LSS) at SOAS, University of London has performed extremely well according to the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS).

Welcome to the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences at SOAS. The faculty is the largest in the School in terms of student and staff numbers and consists of the departments of Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Studies and the School of Law, as well as the Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Sciences, the Centre for Gender Studies, the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, the Centre of Taiwan Studies and a number of department-specific centres. All five departments offer undergraduate programmes, and all but Finance and International Management offer joint undergraduate degrees which can be combined with other disciplines from across the School. Each department also offers a range of masters-level programmes with a regional or disciplinary specialism, as well as a postgraduate research programme. The range of course options and combinations is one of the most distinctive characteristics of studying at SOAS and all students are given the option of studying an Asian or African language, either as part of or on top of their degree.

Staff in the faculty come from all over the world and combine regional knowledge with disciplinary specialisms. Teaching draws heavily on academic staff’s individual research which allows the faculty to maintain a large portfolio of courses, often exploring cutting-edge issues. Many faculty members have played a significant part in public debates and policy-making in relation to Asia and Africa. Academics in the faculty are regularly consulted by governments, public bodies and multilateral organisations including the United Nations and the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, European Commission, DFID and other country-specific organisations and NGOs.

Key Faculty Postholders:

Interim Dean: Professor Chris Bramall
Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching): Dr Hong Bo
Associate Dean (Research): Dr Paul O'Connell
Faculty Senior Tutor: Dr Richard Alexander
Faculty Administrator: Sally Grimley & Cate Knowles 

Head of Department of Development Studies: Dr Michael Jennings
Head of Department of Economics: Dr Ulrich Volz
Head of School of Finance and Management: Professor Reinhard Bachmann
Head of School of Law: Professor Carol Tan
Head of Department of Politics and International Studies: Dr Mark Laffey


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