SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

BA Politics and ... (2020 entry)

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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.

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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3 or 4 years


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Year 1

Compulsory Module

Students will take the following compulsory module:

Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to Political Analysis 153400086 30 Full Year
And 30 credits from the First Year options list below;
Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to Comparative Politics 153400079 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 
Disciplinary Options
Module Code Credits Term
Politics of development 153400042 15 Term 2
Concepts in Political Theory 153400147 15 Term 1
Political Parties and Elections 153400158 15 Term 2
Performance and Politics 153400157 15 Term 2
Politics of Nationalism 153400057 15 Term 1
Regional Options
Module Code Credits Term
African Political Thought 153402004 15 Term 1
Government and politics of China 153400071 30 Full Year
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 30 Full Year
Government and Politics of Mainland Southeast Asia 153400153 15 Term 1
Government and Politics of Island Southeast Asia 153400152 15 Term 2
The state and politics in Africa 153400064 15 Term 1
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
Politics of Gender 153400074 15 Term 2
Conflict, Rights and Justice 153402006 15 Term 1
Republicanism, empire and revolution 153400163 15 Term 1
Politics of Nationalism 153400057 15 Term 1
South Asian Political Thought 153400165 15 Term 2
Politics of the "Miracle" Economies 153400159 15 Term 1
Elections, Gender and Social Movements in Taiwan 153400149 15 Term 1
List B
Module Code Credits Term
Palestine/Israel and the International 153400087 15 Term 2
Globalisation and Global Governance 153400070 15 Term 2
Identity in International Relations 153400073 15 Term 2
Going Global: An Introduction to International Migration 153400088 15 Term 2
Decolonising World Politics 153402002 15 Term 1
Key Debates on Neoliberalism 153402003 15 Term 2
Final Year Project in Politics 153400053 30 Full Year
Environment and Climate Crisis 153400150 15 Term 2
Taiwan's International and Cross-Strait Relations 153400166 15 Term 2
Second Subject

Students will take a minimum of 30 credits from the second subject.

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

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.

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