SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

BA South East Asian Studies

duration:
3 years

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,575


Fees for 2017/18 entrants. 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 Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • Subjects Preferred: No
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with non-standard qualifications may be invited for interview, though many applications are assessed on the basis of the UCAS forms alone.
A Levels:
ABB
While a foreign language at A-level will be useful we strongly encourage students with less traditional backgrounds to apply or to discuss their application with the department.
IB:
33 (5/5/5)

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BTEC: DDM

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AABBB

Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB

Irish LC: 320 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 4 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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Overview

Programme Code: T302 BA/SEASt

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

BA South East Asian Studies is a three-year programme that strikes an exciting balance between the study of a South East Asian language (Burmese, Indonesian, Thai or Vietnamese) and the cultures of the region. Competence in a South East Asian language is developed as a tool for exploring the culture for which a spoken language is a vehicle. 

The syllabus introduces its subject through the broad media of language, culture, literature and cinema with options also to gain knowledge of South East Asian history, politics, economics, linguistics, religious studies, music, art and archaeology, anthropology and others. 

This degree is ideal for students who do not seek the intensive engagement with language demanded by the four-year degrees, but who desire a working knowledge of the language to enhance their engagement with the diversity of South East Asian culture.

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Key Information Set Data

Structure

Year 1
Core Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Introduction to South East Asia 155901320 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
South East Asia on Film 155901318 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Compulsory Language Module

Choose a language at a suitable level from Burmese, Indonesian, Thai or Vietnamese. This would typically be level 1 of the chosen language.

Compulsory Module

Please take the module below OR choose 30 credits from List B

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
H150 Introduction to the History of South East Asia 154800232 1 UnitFull Year
Open Option

Choose a further 30 credits from List B or an open option from another department at an approved level.

Year 2
Core Modules

You must take both of the following modules.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Cultural Studies of Island South East Asia 155907002 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Cultural Studies of Mainland South East Asia 155907003 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Compulsory Module

A language module which is a continuation of the Year 1 language or 30 credits from List A.

Compulsory Module

30 credits from List A or a second approved language module.

Optional Module

Choose 30 credits from List A, List C or an open option at an approved level.

Year 3
Compulsory Module
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Independent Study Project in South East Asian Studies 155901243 1 UnitFull Year
Compulsory Module

A South East Asian language or modules to the value of 30 credits from List A.

Compulsory Module

A second approved language or modules to the value of 30 credits from List A or List C.

Optional Module

30 credits from List A, List C or an open option.

List of Approved Modules
List A
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Vietnam on Screen 155907004 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Thailand on Screen (post '97) 155901317 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Indonesia on Screen 155901354 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asian Literatures in Translation 155901316 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
The City and the Countryside in South East Asian Literatures 155901326 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Jawi and the Manuscript Tradition 155901312 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
English Literatures of South East Asia 155901410 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia 155907001 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
List A (Final Year only)
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Extended Essay in South East Asian Studies 155901307 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
List B

These modules are for first year students only.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
H150 Introduction to the History of South East Asia 154800232 1 UnitFull Year
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of South and Southeast Asia 154900156 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Buddhism: Foundation 158000110 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Hinduism: Foundation 158000118 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Islam: Foundations 158000189 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
World Christianities Foundation 158000117 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Introduction to Grammatical Structure 152900071 1 UnitFull Year
General Linguistics: Understanding Language 152900069 1 UnitFull Year
List C

Year 2 and Final Year South East Asia related modules. Please check any pre-requisites.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (UG) 155800081 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Music and Religion in South East Asia 155800080 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
H353 The Creation of Modern Burma 1852-C.1941 (I) 154800252 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Arts of the Buddha in Southeast Asia 154900148 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Southeast Asia in the Modern Imagination: Art, Visuality, Exchange 154900194 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Arts of SouthEast Asia 154900200 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Undoing Asia: Artistic Perspectives from the 20th and 21th Centuries 154900191 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Southeast Asian government and politics 153400022 1 UnitFull Year
The `Historical` Buddha: Explorations in Southeast Asian Arts 154900180 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Gender, Art and Visual Culture: Explorations in the Representation of Southeast Asia 154900181 0.5 UnitsTerm 2

Programme Specification

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

No

Teaching & Learning

Course Information

Introductory and intermediate courses in a South East Asian language use a wide variety of learning experiences and techniques. Most other units are taught by formal lecture and with related tutorials. Assessment is by a combination of written examination and coursework.

Special Features

The School's teaching is backed up by the South East Asia collection within the SOAS library, one of the world's major collections of information in the field of South East Asian studies. The South East Asia collection now contains over 6500 books and pamphlets and 550 periodical titles as well as substantial collections of microfilms and manuscripts.

Pre Entry Reading

Suggestions for preliminary reading
  • Baker, C. and Pasuk Phongpaichit. 2009.  A history of Thailand. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Cornwel-Smith, P. 2005. Very Thai. Bangkok: River Books.
  • Hellwig, T. and Tagliacozzo, E. (eds). 2009. The Indonesia reader: history, culture, politics. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Jamieson, N. 1995. Understanding Vietnam. Berkely: University of California Press.
  • Mulder, N. 2000. Inside Thai society: religion, everyday life, change. Chiangmai: Silkworm Books.
  • Nguyen Van Huy and Kendall, L. (eds). 2003. Vietnam: journeys of body,
    mind, and spirit
    . Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Owen, N. (ed.). 2005. The emergence of modern Southeast Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii.
  • Ricklefs, M.C., Lockhart, B. Lau, A. Reyes, P. and Maitrii Aung-Thwin. 2010. A new history of South East Asia. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Robson, S.O. 2004. Welcome to Indonesian, a beginner's survey of the language. Boston: Tuttle.
  • Taylor, J.G. 2003. Indonesia: peoples and histories. New Haven:Yale University Press.
  • Taylor, K. 2013. A history of the Vietnamese. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Vickers, A. 2005. A history of modern Indonesia. New York:Cambridge University Press.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

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

Programme Full-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,575
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,350 £8,288
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2017-04-17 17:00

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

Employment

As a graduate who specialised in the South East Asian region, you will have gained competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature, history, cinema, politics, economics or law. Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, 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. These include: written and oral communication skills; attention to detail; analytical and problem-solving skills; and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

Atkins Heritage
Burmese Refugee Project
Dept for Environment, Food and Rural affairs
Evergreen Energy
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
JP Morgan
Karenni Student Development Programme
LCC Children's Services
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
Pepperdine University
Semporna Islands Project
Suzhou Education Bureau
Medical Defence Union
Xoom Corporation
Climatechange.org
Child in Need Institute

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

Senior Heritage Consultant
Project Manager
Policy Advisor
Consul
Lecturer
Country Director
Company Director
Diplomat
Professor of History
Writer
English Language Assistant
Learning and Development Officer
SVP Business Development
Consultant
International Marketing Executive
Support Worker

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

The South East Asia (SEA) Department therefore becomes an ideal place to explore this particular topic as the department provides interesting courses in Thai cinema conducted by internationally prominent lecturers.

Atit Pongpanit

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