Start of programme: October 2016
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
Fees: Visit the Undergraduate fees web pages for further details
The SOAS BA International Relations degree provides a uniquely global and comparative approach to the study of world affairs. Through a study of world history and global power relations, students gain a better understanding of the sources of conflict and cooperation among states, shifts in the international economy, as well as the roles of culture, identity and ideas in world politics. Students finish the degree equipped with the conceptual tools and theoretical frameworks to understand contemporary world events.
The BA International Relations programme is structured around a combination of disciplinary, regional and specialised modules, with opportunities to take other Politics option modules (e.g. Political Theory, Government and Politics of the Middle East, Islam and Democracy) or a language.
Teaching on the International Relations degree focuses on providing students with individual attention and mentoring. Students can specialise in a particular area of interest in their final year if they wish, by undertaking an independent study project, which pairs them with a member of staff. We also offer advice on careers, internships and further study in international affairs.
BA International Relations as a three-year degree programme consists of four units each year. Students have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of disciplinary units. In addition, students have the option of taking ‘open’ modules offered by any other SOAS department.
Our units or modules assume no previous disciplinary or regional knowledge. These are taught through lectures and tutorial seminars. Each module typically involves weekly lectures of one hour each and weekly tutorials of one hour each.
And ONE of the following:
OR- A first year course in another department
TWO of the following:
ONE or TWO of the following regional units:
And/or options from the following:
OR A first year or second year course in another department
AT LEAST ONE unit (TWO 0.5 modules) from the following:
Additional units from the following:
Any other unit available in another Department of SOAS an 'open option'
Availability of optional/elective courses
The availability of optional/elective courses may vary in a given academic session due to factors such as staff absence and student numbers. For an up to date list of courses running in a given academic session please refer to the degree structures as listed on the SOAS website for the degree programmes taught by each Department.
Teaching & Learning
- To provide a strong background in the concepts, theories and methods in the study of international relations.
- The use of empirical evidence from Asia, Africa and the Middle East will illustrate the applicability and limitations of the aforementioned concepts, theories and methods beyond the North American and European confines from which these are largely derived.
- To develop excellent knowledge of the politics of Asia, Africa and/or the Middle East.
- To prepare students for entry to postgraduate study and professional employment.
Upon completion of this programme, the student should be able to:
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of a wide range of concepts, theories, and methods in the discipline of international relations.
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge of a variety of contemporary debates in international relations
- Develop detailed knowledge of regional politics and foreign relations in one or more regions in Asia, Africa, or the Middle East.
- Assess the relevance of mainstream approaches in international relations for the analysis of the international politics of Asia, Africa, or the Middle East. Challenge commonly held views about major political issues related to Asia, Africa and/or the Middle East, including the student’s own previous assumptions.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
- Analyse academic materials to identify their key arguments and underlying assumptions.
- Evaluate arguments and empirical evidence from a variety of intellectual perspectives in a critical and balanced manner, with due regard to their strengths and limitations.
- Construct arguments drawing upon leading theories, concepts and debates relating to Asia, Africa and/or the Middle East.
- Exercise independence of thought, including a willingness to challenge own previous assumptions about various issues. Engage in debates about current political controversies.
Subject-based practical skills
- Collect and synthesise information from a range of library and internet sources
- Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing
- Assess the validity of different approaches to a topic
- Make judgments in contexts of conflicting evidence
- Work independently and manage schedules
- Explain and evaluate complex ideas and situations
- Work effectively under time constraints
- Work productively in and contribute to groups
Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.
Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year.
|BA, BSc, LLB
|BA/BSc Language Year Abroad
Application Deadline: 2018-04-30 00:00
For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section