SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

MSc State, Society and Development

duration:
May be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over two or three years. Part students usually complete their core modules in Year 1, and their option modules and dissertation in subsequent years.

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£10,995
Overseas fees:
£18,790

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. This is a Band 3 fee. 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 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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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This MSc programme seeks to explain state-society relations and development in Asia, Africa and (where appropriate) Latin America through the sub-disciplines of comparative political sociology and comparative/international political economy. Students will study the core concepts of these sub-disciplines such as: state; civil society; social closure; class; bureaucracy; patrimonialism; hegemony; late-industrialisation; product cycle; developmental state; rent-seeking; good governance; and globalization.

They will also be exposed to the principal analytical perspectives of political science such as historical institutionalism, rational choice theory and Marxism. These intellectual foundations will enable students to gain a better understanding of the shaping factors behind phenomena such as: state collapse and criminalisation in Africa; cronyism in Southeast Asia and Latin America; religious fundamentalism in South Asia; economic take-off in East Asia; linguistic nationalism in Central Asia; the ‘third wave’ of democratisation; global financial instability; and the relationship between the Washington Institutions and the South.

Students will also come to understand the usefulness of cross-regional comparison by seeing how the study of one region can illuminate similar issues elsewhere, despite differing cultural contexts.

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Structure

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

1. 30 credits from List A;
2. 60 credits from List A, B or C

3. 30 credits from LSS option modules, with the convenor's approval
4. 60 credit Dissertation on some aspect of State & Development or State & Society (compulsory) from D.

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

List A. Politics of Development & Globalization AND/OR State and Society must be taken (30 or 60 credits) as a core module/s
Module Code Credits Term Availability
State & society in Asia & Africa 15PPOC008 30 Full Year
Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC017 30 Full Year
B. 60 credits from List A, B or C
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 30 Full Year
Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 30 Full Year
Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 30 Full Year
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 30 Full Year
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 30 Full Year
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 15 Term 1
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 15 Term 2
Infrastructures, Conflict and Struggle 15PPOH041 15 Term 2
The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032 - Not Running 2017/18
Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 15 Term 1
State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 15 Term 2
Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 30 Full Year
Japan Unravelled 15PPOH033 15 Credits - Not Running 2017/18
Asian Security 15PPOH027 15 Credits - Not Running 2017/18
List C: 60 credits from List A, B or C
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 15 Term 2
Political violence 15PPOH009 15 Term 2
Urban Politics in the Middle East 15PPOH042 15 Term 2
Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 15 Term 1
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 15 Term 2
List D: Dissertation must be taken and based on a theme in one of the core modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Political Studies 15PPOC999 60 Full Year

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

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

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

Lectures

Most courses 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 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.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

This is a Band 3 tuition fee.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£10,995 £18,790 £5,498 £9,395 £3,665 £6,263
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

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

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