SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

BA Politics and ... (2018 entry)

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The Politics degree at SOAS is structured around four core subdisciplines, namely political theory, political sociology, political economy, and international relations. Students receive a thorough training in the theories and methods of these sub-disciplines, which are then applied to the analysis of real world political situations.

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By studying Politics at SOAS, students will gain detailed knowledge and a thorough understanding of some of the most important power shifts and conflicts of ideas unfolding in the world today. They will also learn to critically engage with and explore the relevance of social science concepts for understanding contemporary geopolitics, regional politics of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as the ability to undertake analyses and comparisons of political developments in specific countries.

Teaching in the Department of Politics and International Studies combines an introduction to the discipline of politics as a comparative exercise together with awareness that comparisons must always respect the individuality of each country and population. This awareness is complemented by the work carried out in other departments of SOAS. A Politics degree at SOAS therefore gives our students a better opportunity than most to understand global politics since our courses cover the politics of three quarters of the globe. BA Politics may be taken as a single subject or two-subject degree.  A sampling of the courses we offer include Government and Politics of Asia, of China, of the Middle East, and of Africa, International Politics, Islam and Democracy, Politics of Development, Globalization and Global Governance, and Politics of Culture.

Key Information Set Data

The information for BA, BSc, or LLB programmes refer to data taken from the single subject degrees offered at SOAS; however, due to the unique nature of our programmes many subjects have a separate set of data when they are studied alongside another discipline.  In order to get a full picture of their chosen subject(s) applicants are advised to look at both sets of information where these occur.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Entry requirements

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%

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This information describes the Politics component of a two-subject degree. Students taking Joint Honours with a language that involves three course units are required to take Introduction to Comparative Politics in their first year. These students are required to take Introduction to Political Theory OR Introduction to Political Analysis subsequently.

Year 1

Compulsory Module

Students will take the following compulsory module:

Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to Comparative Politics 153400079 30 Full Year
And 30 credits from the First Year options list below;
Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to Political Analysis 153400086 30 Full Year
Introduction to Political Theory 153400001 30 Full Year
Second Subject

Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits from their 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 
List A
Disciplinary Options
Module Code Credits Term
Political Theory 153400054 30
Politics of development 153400042 15 Term 2
Regional Options
Module Code Credits Term
Government and politics of China 153400071 30 Full Year
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 30 Full Year
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 15 Term 1
List A
Module Code Credits Term
Political Theory 153400054 30
Politics of development 153400042 15 Term 2
Politics of Culture 153400075 15 Term 2
Politics of Gender 153400074 15 Term 2
Issues in Turkish Politics 153400076 15 Term 1
Palestine/Israel and the International 153400087 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 the Middle East 153400060 30 Full Year
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 15 Term 1
Conflict, Rights and Justice 153402006 15 Term 1
Globalisation and Global Governance 153400070 15 Term 2
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 2
Politics of the World Economy 153400083 15 Term 1
Religion and World Politics 153402000 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
Final Year Project in Politics 153400053 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

Year abroad

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

Teaching & Learning

Classes are taught through lectures, tutorials and seminars. Assessment is by a combination of written examination and essays.

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