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
- A Levels:
- 37 (6/6/6)
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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%
- 3 years
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.
Students will take the following 3 core modules (90 credits total):
Students will take ONE of the following modules OR modules to the value of 30 credits from the Language Open Options list.
Credits must be taken in the following combination;
- Introduction to Research Methods (153400156) (15 credits) – Core Modules
- A minimum of 30 credits from Year 2 Disciplinary AND
- A minimum of 30 credits from Year 2 Regional modules
- Remaining credits to be taken from Second Year Options OR a maximum of 30 credits from the Open Option lists (Languages | Non-languages)
Credits must be taken in the following combination;
- A minimum of 45 credits from List A AND
- A minimum of 15 credits from List B
- Remaining credits can be taken from Lists A, B, C OR open options (maximum of 30 credits from the Open Options list Language Open Options | Non-language Open Options).
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 & 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.
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:
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
BBC - World Service
Center for International Peace Operations
Civil Rights, Human Rights and Peace Movement Meretz
Council for Assisting Refugee Academics
Financial Times Limited
Global Policy Institute
Go East Consulting
|International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Norwegian Broadcasting Corp
Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance - PICG
Public Affairs Council
Standard Chartered Bank
Sveriges Riksdag, Swedish Parliament
Think Security Africa
Uganda Conservation Foundation
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights
For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.
|Asia-Pacific Desk Editor
Donor Development Officer
Senior Policy Adviser
Grant Programme Officer/Consultant
Lawyer, International Arbitration and Litigation
Head of Strategy & Corporate Development
Media & Marketing Officer
Senior Clinical Researcher
Barrister at Law
Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Corporate Affairs Manager, Europe
A Student's Perspective
SOAS is renowned worldwide for its academic excellence and friendly atmosphere, as well as its focus on Asia, Africa and Middle East. Given my passion for development in Africa and the regional focus of my studies, there was only one place that could offer me what I wanted – and that is SOAS.