SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

MSc African Politics (2018 entry)

  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning

Overview

The Department of Politics and International Studies offers seven linked masters programmes in politics and the international politics of Asia and Africa.

The MSc African Politics is a regional specialist MSc, aiming to provide students with a detailed specialist understanding of both domestic and international politics (and of the implications of one for the other) in Africa. At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work.

Students make full-scale presentations for each unit that they take, and are expected to write substantial papers that often require significant independent work.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Politics or International Relations, or a related social science discipline. Applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

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duration:
One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only) Students usually complete their core modules in Year 1, and their option modules and dissertation in subsequent years.

Convenors

Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Overview

Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation:

  • 15PPOC205 Government & Politics in Africa (core).
  • THREE modules from B, C or D, with no more than 30 credits coming from List D, and no more than four x 15 credit modules.
  • Dissertation on some aspect of African Politics (compulsory).

Please note that not all option modules may run every year.

Dissertation

This would focus on some aspect of African Politics.

Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in Politics and International Studies 15PPOC999 60 Full Year
Core Modules

Modules must be completed successfully for the achievement of an exit award.

Module Code Credits Term
Government And Politics In Africa 15PPOC205 30
AND

Choose a minimum of 30 credits from List B, and a maximum of 45 credits from List C.

List B
Module Code Credits Term
Politics of Globalisation and Development 15PPOC017 30 Credits
State and Society In Asia and Africa 15PPOC008 30 Credits
International Politics Of Africa 15PPOC009 30 Credits
Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOH046 15 Term 1
List C
Module Code Credits Term
Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 15 Term 1
Conflict, rights and justice 15PPOH018 15 Term 2
International migration and diaspora politics 15PPOH012 15 Term 2
The Politics of Global Security 15PPOH015 15 Term 1
Comparative International Political Thought 15PPOH021 15 Credits
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 15 Term 2
Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 15 Term 1
Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 15 Term 2
The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 15 Term 2
Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 15 Term 2
List D: Modules focused on Africa in a cognate discipline

Courses from this section may only be taken with permission of the programme convenor and relevant course convenor.

Module Code Credits Term
Zulu 2 (PG) 15PAFC129 30 Full Year
Amharic 2 (PG) 15PAFC131 30 Full Year
Somali 2 (PG) 15PAFC133 30 Full Year
Yoruba 2 (PG) 15PAFC135 30 Full Year
Hausa 2 (PG) 15PAFC138 30 Full Year
Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) 15PAFC141 30 Full Year
Swahili 3 (PG) 15PAFC142 30 Full Year
African Philosophy (PG) 15PAFH008 15 Term 1
Philosophy and Decolonisation (PG) 15PAFH009 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 15PARH048 15 Term 2
Islamic Visual Culture 15PARH065 15 Term 1
Neoliberalism, Democracy and Global Development 15PDSH054 15 Term 2
Marxist Political Economy and Global Development 15PDSH053 15 Term 2
Security 15PDSH020 15 Term 1
Global Commodity Chains, Production Networks and Informal Work 15PDSH024 15 Term 1
Water and Development: Commodification, Ecology and Globalisation (Development Studies) 15PDSH049 15 Term 2
Borders and Development 15PDSH023 15 Term 1
Labour, Activism and Global Development 15PDSH032 15 Term 2
Natural resources, development and change: putting critical analysis into practice 15PDSH031 15 Term 2
The Working Poor and Development 15PDSH030 15 Term 2
Queering Migrations and Diasporas 15PGNH002 15 Term 2
Gender and the Law of War 15PGNH005 15 Term 1
Race, Segregation, and Apartheid in Twentieth-century South Africa (PG) 15PHIH003 15 Term 1
Slavery in West Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries 15PHIH028 15 Term 2
Historical Perspectives on Gender in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PHIH029 15 Term 2
Warfare and the Military in Precolonial Africa 15PHIH047 0.5
Warfare and the Military in Modern Africa 15PHIH046 0.5
Law and Development in Africa 15PLAC160 30 Full Year
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 15 Term 2

 

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

Modules are taught by a combination of methods, principally lectures, tutorial classes, seminars and supervised individual study projects.

The MSc programme consists of three taught modules (corresponding to three examination papers) and a dissertation.

Lectures

Most modules involve a 50-minute lecture as a key component with linked tutorial classes.

Seminars

At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work. Students make full-scale presentations for each unit that they take, and are expected to write papers that often require significant independent work.

Dissertation

A quarter of the work for the degree is given over to the writing of an adequately researched 10,000-word dissertation. Students are encouraged to take up topics which relate the study of a particular region to a body of theory.

Learning Resources

SOAS Library

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.

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