SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

BA Politics (2020 entry)

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Overview

The BA in Politics seeks to give students an excellent grounding in the discipline of Politics with a particular focus on Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Students will be introduced to the core subjects of political theory, comparative politics, political economy, and international relations, which are then applied to the analysis of real world political situations. Through a mix of disciplinary and regional training, students will develop a critical understanding of contemporary geopolitics, transnational social movements, as well as political developments and governance structures in particular countries.

While anchored in the academic field of political science, the programme employs interdisciplinary perspectives on pressing issues of the modern world and offers a wide variety of thematic modules on the politics of culture, nationalism, race, gender, migration, institutions, environmental justice, conflict and war. This range of options helps students to gain a critical understanding of political dynamics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, while acquiring practical analytical and communications skills.

Programme Code: L202 BA/POL

Start of programme: September

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 years

Fees 2020/21

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£18,630


Fees for 2020/21 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

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Structure

BA Politics is a three-year degree programme. 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.

Year 1
Core Modules

Students will take the following 3 core modules (90 credits total):

Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to Political Analysis 153400086 30 Full Year
Introduction to Comparative Politics 153400079 30 Full Year
Introduction to Political Theory 153400001 30 Full Year
Optional Modules

Students will take ONE of the following modules OR modules to the value of 30 credits from the Language Open Options list.

Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to Global History 153400084 30 Full Year
Introduction to International Relations 153400085 30 Full Year
Year 2


Students will take the module 'Introduction to Research Methods' (15 credits) alongside a minimum of 30 credits each from the Year 2 Disciplinary Modules AND Year 2 Regional Modules lists below.

Remaining credits taken from Second Year Option list OR a maximum of 30 credits the Open Option lists (Language Open Options | Non-language Open Options)

 Disciplinary Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Performance and Politics 153400157 15 Term 2
Political Parties and Elections 153400158 15 Term 2
Concepts in Political Theory 153400147 15 Term 1
Politics of development 153400042 15 Term 2
Politics of Nationalism 153400057 15 Term 1
Regional Modules
Module Code Credits Term
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
Government and Politics of Island Southeast Asia 153400152 15 Term 2
Government and Politics of Mainland Southeast Asia 153400153 15 Term 1
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 15 Term 1
African Political Thought 153402004 15 Term 2
Further Options
Module Code Credits Term
International Relations of East Asia 153400155 15 Term 1
International Relations of Africa 153400090 30 Full Year
International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 30 Full Year
Postcolonial theory 153400160 15 Term 2
International Relations of South Asia 153400082 15 Term 2
Year 3

Students will take a minimum of 45 credits from List A AND a minimum of 15 credits from List B.

Any remaining credits to be taken from List C. Students may also take a maximum of 30 credits from the Open Option lists (Language Open Options | Non-language Open Options)

List A
Module Code Credits Term
Politics of Gender 153400074 15 Term 1
Politics of the "Miracle" Economies 153400159 15 Term 2
Conflict, Rights and Justice 153402006 15 Term 2
South Asian Political Thought 153400165 15 Term 2
Elections, Gender and Social Movements in Taiwan 153400149 15 Term 1
Republicanism, empire and revolution 153400163 15 Term 2
List B
Module Code Credits Term
Globalisation and global governance 153400070 15 Term 2
Taiwan's International and Cross-Strait Relations 153400166 15 Term 2
Identity in International Relations 153400073 15 Term 2
Palestine/Israel and the International 153400087 15 Term 1
Going Global: An Introduction to International Migration 153400088 15 Term 2
Decolonising World Politics 153402002 15 Term 2
Environment and Climate Crisis 153400150 15 Term 2
Key Debates on Neoliberalism 153402003 15 Term 1
Final Year Project in Politics 153400053 30 Full Year
List C
Module Code Credits Term
African Political Thought 153402004 15 Term 2
Government and Politics of Mainland Southeast Asia 153400153 15 Term 1
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 30 Full Year
Postcolonial theory 153400160 15 Term 2
Globalising East Asia 153400151 15 Term 2
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 30 Full Year
Government and politics of China 153400071 30 Full Year
Government and Politics of Island Southeast Asia 153400152 15 Term 2
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 15 Term 1
International Relations of Africa 153400090 30 Full Year
International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 30 Full Year

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

Most of our modules are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials. Lectures (50 minutes) provide broad overviews of the topic. They are accompanied by tutorials (50 minutes) that give students the opportunity to discuss readings and key issues in small groups. In the final year, modules may also take the form of two-hour seminars allowing for deeper engagement with more specialised topics. The programme provides methodological and skills training throughout and allows final year students to undertake an independent research project, such as a dissertation, supervised by an academic member of staff.

By the end of the programme students will have acquired a range of transferable skills. This includes the ability to collect and synthesise information, read and evaluate complex materials, assess the evidence for a range of different positions, construct arguments, exercise independence of judgement and communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Students also benefit from the vibrant learning environment SOAS provides more broadly. The 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. Moreover, every year there is a lively events programme that attracts renowned speakers from around the world, allowing students to engage with cutting edge debates on contemporary politics.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

Fees for 2020/21 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £18,630
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £9,320
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2020-04-30 15:00

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

Employment

SOAS BA Politics students leave SOAS not only with a knowledge and understanding of the complex political and cultural issues of global politics, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector. 

Politics students follow many different careers in business, government, international organisations and NGOs, as well as further study.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

Apple
BBC - World Service
British Council
Center for International Peace Operations
Channel 4
Civil Rights, Human Rights and Peace Movement Meretz
Council for Assisting Refugee Academics
Eversheds LLP
Financial Times Limited
Global Policy Institute
Go East Consulting
Grassroot Diplomat
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
LSE
Norwegian Broadcasting Corp
Oxfam
Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance - PICG
Public Affairs Council
PWC
Standard Chartered Bank
Sveriges Riksdag, Swedish Parliament
Think Security Africa
Uganda Conservation Foundation
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
Asia-Pacific Desk Editor
Advisor
Donor Development Officer
Senior Policy Adviser
Grant Programme Officer/Consultant
Communications Coordinator
Lawyer, International Arbitration and Litigation
Editor
Film Maker
Head of Strategy & Corporate Development
Media & Marketing Officer
Project Manager
Senior Clinical Researcher
Barrister at Law
Market Analyst
Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Senior Consultant
Commercial Advisor
Corporate Affairs Manager, Europe
Country Director
Project Coordinator
Journalist
Communications strategist
For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website

A Student's Perspective

SOAS is a unique University that combines both academic excellence and a vibrant, active and innovative student body.

Ingrida Kerusauskaite

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