SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

BA International Relations and ... (2018 entry)

Combined degree

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Overview

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.

Convenors: Dr Alexis Artaud de la Ferrière (term 1) and Dr Rahul Rao (terms 2 and 3)

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: October

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

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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duration:
3 or 4 years

Convenors


Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.

Combinations

May be combined with:

The study of International Relations can be combined with a wide range of social science and humanities subjects, or with the study of languages and regions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East only available at SOAS.

PLEASE NOTE: Students taking BA International Relations with another subject must satisfy the requirements of both Departments.

  • African Studies, LT25 BA/IRAS
  • Arabic+, LT2P BA/IRA
  • Burmese++, LTF9 BA/IRB
  • Chinese+, LB23 BA/IRC
  • Development Studies, LL28 BA/IRDS
  • Economics, LL21 BA/IRE
  • Georgian, LTG9 BA/IRGe
  • Hebrew+, LQ42 BA/IRHeb
  • History, LV22 BA/IRH
  • Indonesian++, LT23 BA/IRI
  • Japanese+, LTF2 BA/IRJ
  • Japanese Studies, LTG2 BA/IRJS
  • Korean+, LT24 BA/IRK
  • Law, LMF1 BA/IRL
  • Linguistics, LQ21 BA/IRLi
  • Persian, LT2Q BA/IRP ( + Compulsory Year Abroad which is split between 2 countries)
  • Politics
  • Social Anthropology, LL26S09 BA/IRSA
  • South Asian Studies++ (3 Year), LTF3S09 BA/RSAS
  • South Asian Studies++(4 Year), LTG3 BA/IRSASt
  • South East Asian Studies, LTF4 BA/IRSEAS
  • Study of Religions, LVF6 BA/IRSR
  • Swahili+, LT2M BA/IRS
  • Thai+, LTG4 BA/IRT
  • Turkish+, LTFP BA/IRTu
  • Vietnamese, LT2K BA/IRV

+ 4 year degree with (compulsory) 1  year abroad
++ 3 or 4 year degree with option of 1 year abroad

Key Information Set data

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Structure

This information describes the International Relations component of a two-subject degree.

Over the course of a three-year degree, students must complete 360 credits. These can be split evenly between both subjects (180/180), or be varied between the two subjects if the programme structure gives scope for this. Students must have at least 150 credits in one subject (with a maximum of 240 credits being possible) and 120 credits in the other subject (with a maximum of 210 credits being possible) in order to be awarded a two-subject degree. The subject in which the higher amount of credits has been passed will be named first on the final degree awarded.

PLEASE NOTE: Students taking BA International Relations with another subject must satisfy the requirements of both Departments.

Year 1

Core Modules

Students will take the following core modules:

Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to International Relations 153400085 30 Full Year
AND

Students will also take the following core module:

Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to Political Analysis 153400086 30 Full Year
Introduction to Global History 153400084 30 Full Year
Second Subject

Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits from the second subject

Year 2

Credits must be taken in the following combination;

  • 30 credits from Disciplinary options
  • 30 credits from Regional options
  • 60 credits from second subject
Module Code Credits Term
Politics of the World Economy 153400083 15 Term 1
Religion and World Politics 153402000 1
Regional Options
Module Code Credits Term
International Relations of Africa 153400090 30 Full Year
International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 30 Full Year
International Relations of South Asia 153400082 15 Term 2
Second Subject

Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits from the second subject.

Year 3

Credits must be taken in the following combination;

  • A minimum of 30 credits from List A
  • Remaining 60 credits can be taken from Lists A, B, OR open options (maximum of 30 credits from the Open Options list) Language Open Options | Non-language Open Options).
  • A minimum of 30 credits from the second subject
List A

Module Code Credits Term
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 B

Module Code Credits Term
Final Year Project in International Relations 153402005 30 Full Year
Politics of the World Economy 153400083 15 Term 1
International Relations of Africa 153400090 30 Full Year
International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 30 Full Year
International Relations of South Asia 153400082 15 Term 2
Political Theory 153400054 30
Politics of development 153400042 15 Term 2
Islam and Democracy 153400065 30 Full Year
Politics of Nationalism 153400057 15 Term 1
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 15 Term 1
Politics of Culture 153400075 15 Term 2
Politics of Gender 153400074 15 Term 2
Issues in Turkish Politics 153400076 15 Term 1
Conflict, Rights and Justice 153402006 15 Term 2
Palestine/Israel and the International 153400087 15 Term 1

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

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.

Year abroad

If International Relations is combined with a language in a 4-year degree course, students spend a study year abroad

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