SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

BA Politics and International Relations (2019 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
3 years

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

Entry requirements

A Levels:
AAA
IB:
37 (6/6/6)

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BTEC: DDD

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

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: 80%

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

The joint BA programme in Politics & International Relations offers students the ability to combine our two disciplinary streams throughout their training, giving them a broad base of knowledge from which to analyse politics within and amongst countries. Students will choose from the options available to both joint degree programmes, and will take a compulsory course in Political Analysis in the first year.

At the end of the course, students will have developed a uniquely insightful and rounded approach to understanding political questions and current affairs across the world. The degree structure offers deep engagement with regional and international politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as problem-driven engagements with war, development, international organisations, state power, social movements, the global economy and other aspects of political life.

Teaching on the degree programme is tailored towards improving students’ understanding of the subjects, writing and presentation abilities and developing their skills as independent and critical thinkers. Whilst more introductory courses often consist of larger lectures followed up by smaller group seminars, more advanced and specialised courses encourage more student responsibility and leadership over the material.

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Structure

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Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Year 1
Core Module: Year 1

Students will take the following core module

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to Comparative Politics 153400079 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules: Year 1

Students will take the following two compulsory modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to International Relations 153400085 30 Full Year
Introduction to Political Analysis 153400086 30 Full Year
Guided Options: Year 1

Students will take ONE of these two guided option modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to Global History 153400084 30 Full Year
Introduction to Political Theory 153400001 30 Full Year
Year 2
Compulsory Modules: Year 2

Students will take ONE of the following compulsory modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Political theory 153400054 30 Full Year
Comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa 153400067 30 Full Year
Politics of development 153400042 30 Full Year
AND

Students will also take ONE of the following compulsory modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Politics of the World Economy 153400083 30 Full Year
War and the International 153400077 30 Full Year
Religion and World Politics 153402000 30 Full Year

AND

Students will take compulsory modules to the value of 30 credits from list A below

AND

Students will take compulsory modules to the value of 30 credits from list B below

Year 3
Optional Modules: Year 3

Students will take guided modules to the value of 30 credits from the Year 3 List C below

AND

Students will take guided modules to the value of 30 credits from EITHER the Year 3 List C OR from List D below

AND

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from EITHER the Year 3 List D OR the Open Option (Languages | Non-languages) Lists 

AND

Students will take guided modules to the value of 30 credits from List D below

List of modules (subject to availability)
List A (Year 2)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics of China 153400071 30 Full Year
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 30 Full Year
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 30 Full Year
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 30 Full Year
Southeast Asian government and politics 153400022 30 Full Year
Taiwan's Politics and International Relations 153400072 30 Full Year
List B (Year 2)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
International Relations of East Asia 153400078 30 Full Year
International Relations of Africa 153400090 30 Full Year
International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 30 Full Year
International Relations of South Asia 153400082 30 Full Year
List C (Year 3)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Globalisation and global governance 153400070 15 Term 1
Identity in International Relations 153400073 15 Term 2
International Institutions and World Politics 153400068 15 Term 2
Going Global: An Introduction to International Migration 153400088 15 Term 2
African Political Thought 153402004 15 Term 1
Decolonising World Politics 153402002 15 Term 1
Key Debates on Neoliberalism 153402003 15 Term 1
List D (Year 3)
Please note: 
  • Prerequisite for Independent Study Project (ISP)(153400053): Overall mark of 2:1 or above in Year 2.
  • Students may only take one ISP.
  • Students CANNOT take both an ISP and 2 Extended Essays

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Independent Study Project in International Relations 153402005 30 Full Year
War and the International 153400077 30 Full Year
Politics of the World Economy 153400083 30 Full Year
International Relations of East Asia 153400078 30 Full Year
International Relations of Africa 153400090 30 Full Year
International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 30 Full Year
International Relations of South Asia 153400082 30 Full Year
Comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa 153400067 30 Full Year
Political theory 153400054 30 Full Year
Politics of development 153400042 30 Full Year
Islam and Democracy 153400065 30 Full Year
Nationalism, ethnicity and state in Asia and Africa 153400057 15 Term 2
Government and politics of China 153400071 30 Full Year
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 30 Full Year
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 30 Full Year
Southeast Asian government and politics 153400022 30 Full Year
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 30 Full Year
Taiwan's Politics and International Relations 153400072 30 Full Year
Politics of Culture 153400075 15 Term 1
Politics of Gender 153400074 15 Term 2
Issues in Turkish Politics 153400076 15 Term 2 Not Running
Politics, Economy, Society: Japan 153402001 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Conflict, Rights and Justice 153402006 15 Term 2 - This is a final year Undergraduate module worth 15 credits. Term 1
Independent study project in Politics 153400053 30 Full Year
Extended essay in Politics 153400058 15 Term 1
Extended essay in Politics b 153400061 15 Term 2

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

Classes are taught through lectures, tutorials and seminars. Assessment is by a combination of written examination and essays.

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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