SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

BA International Relations

duration:
3 Years

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,575


Fees for 2017/18 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

2017 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

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 courses, with opportunities to take other Politics option courses (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. All students are encouraged to specialise in a particular area of interest in their final year, 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.

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Structure

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’ courses offered by any other SOAS department.

Our units or courses assume no previous disciplinary or regional knowledge. These are taught through lectures and tutorial seminars. Each course typically involves weekly lectures of 1 hour each and weekly tutorials of 1 hour each.

YEAR ONE
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to International Relations 153400085 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to Global History 153400084 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to Political Analysis 153400086 1 Unit Full Year
And ONE of the following:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Political Theory 153400001 1 Unit Full Year
States, people, and power in Asia and Africa 153400056 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to Comparative Politics 153400079 1 Unit Full Year
OR- A first year course in another department
Year Two
TWO of the following:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
War and the International 153400077 1 Unit Full Year
Politics of the World Economy 153400083 1 Unit Full Year
Religion and World Politics 153402000 1 Unit Full Year
ONE or TWO of the following regional units:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
International Relations of East Asia 153400078 1 Unit Full Year
International Relations of Africa 153400090 1 Unit Full Year
International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 1 Unit Full Year
International Relations of South Asia 153400082 1 Unit Full Year
And/or options from the following:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Government and politics of China 153400071 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 1 Unit Full Year
Southeast Asian government and politics 153400022 1 Unit Full Year
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 1 Unit Full Year
Taiwan's Politics and International Relations 153400072 1 Unit Full Year
Comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa 153400067 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to Political Theory 153400001 1 Unit Full Year
States, people, and power in Asia and Africa 153400056 1 Unit Full Year
Political theory 153400054 1 Unit Full Year
Politics of development 153400042 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to Comparative Politics 153400079 1 Unit Full Year
OR A first year or second year course in another department
Year Three
AT LEAST ONE unit from the following:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Globalisation and global governance 153400070 0.5 Unit Term 2
Identity in international relations 153400073 0.5 Unit Term 1
The international organisation of world politics 153400068 0.5 Unit Term 1
Going Global: An Introduction to International Migration 153400088 0.5 Unit Term 2
African Political Thought 153402004 0.5 Unit Term 1
Decolonising the World 153402002 0.5 Unit Term 2
Key Debates on Neoliberalism 153402003 0.5 Unit Term 1
Additional units from the following:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Independent Study Project in International Relations 153402005 1 Unit Full Year
Politics of development 153400042 1 Unit Full Year
War and the International 153400077 1 Unit Full Year
Politics of the World Economy 153400083 1 Unit Full Year
Religion and World Politics 153402000 1 Unit Full Year
Comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa 153400067 1 Unit Full Year
Political theory 153400054 1 Unit Full Year
Islam and Democracy 153400065 1 Unit Full Year
Nationalism, ethnicity and state in Asia and Africa 153400057 0.5 Unit Term 2
Government and politics of China 153400071 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 1 Unit Full Year
Southeast Asian government and politics 153400022 1 Unit Full Year
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 1 Unit Full Year
Taiwan's Politics and International Relations 153400072 1 Unit Full Year
Issues in Turkish Politics 15 340 0076 0.5 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
International Relations of East Asia 153400078 1 Unit Full Year
International Relations of Africa 153400090 1 Unit Full Year
International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 1 Unit Full Year
International Relations of South Asia 153400082 1 Unit Full Year
Politics of Culture 153400075 0.5 Unit Term 1
Politics of Gender 153400074 0.5 Unit Term 2
Politics, Economy, Society: Japan 153402001 0.5 Unit Term 1
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.

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Aims
  • 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.
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this programme, the student should be able to:

Knowledge
  • 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
Transferable skills
  • Work independently and manage schedules
  • Explain and evaluate complex ideas and situations
  • Work effectively under time constraints
  • Work productively in and contribute to groups

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

ProgrammeFull-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,575
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,387.50 £8,288
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2017-04-17 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

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