SOAS University of London

South East Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

BA South East Asian Studies (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
3 years

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,907


Fees for 2018/19 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

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 Credits Term Availability
Introduction to South East Asia 155901320 15 Term 2
South East Asia on Film 155901318 15 Term 1
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 Credits Term Availability
H150 Introduction to the History of South East Asia 154800232 30 Full 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 Credits Term Availability
Cultural Studies of Island South East Asia 155907002 15 Term 2
Cultural Studies of Mainland South East Asia 155907003 15 Term 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 Credits Term Availability
Independent Study Project in South East Asian Studies 155901243 30 Full 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
South East Asian Language Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Burmese Language 1 A 155906070 15 Term 1
Burmese Language 1 B 155906071 15 Term 2
Indonesian Language 1 A 155906066 15 Term 1
Indonesian Language 1 B 155906067 15 Term 2
Khmer (Cambodian) Language 1 A 155906074 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Khmer (Cambodian) Language 1 B 155906075 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Thai Language 1 A 155906072 15 Term 1
Thai Language 1 B 155906073 15 Term 2
Vietnamese Language 1 A 155906068 15 Term 1
Vietnamese Language 1 B 155906069 15 Term 2
Burmese Language 2 155900997 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 2 155901022 30 Full Year
Thai Language 2 155901367 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 2 155900705 30 Full Year
Burmese Language and Texts 155900998 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 3 155901023 30 Full Year
Thai Language 3 155901353 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language and Texts 155901049 30 Full Year
Thai Language 4 155901357 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Indonesian Language 4 155901024 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Vietnamese Literature 155901113 30 Full Year
Non-Language South East Asian Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Thailand on Screen (post '97) 155901317 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Indonesia on Screen 155901354 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Vietnam on Screen 155907004 15 Term 2
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
English Literatures of South East Asia 155901410 15 Term 2
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia 155907001 15 Term 1
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asian Literatures in Translation 155901316 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
The City and the Countryside in South East Asian Literatures 155901326 15 Term 1
Jawi and the Manuscript Tradition 155901312 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
List B: Introductory South East Asia related modules

These modules are for first year students only.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of South and Southeast Asia 154900156 15 Term 2
R110 Introduction to Buddhism 158000110 15 Term 1
R120 Introduction to Hinduism 158000118 15 Term 2
R180 Introduction to World Christianity 158000117 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
H150 Introduction to the History of South East Asia 154800232 30 Full Year
Introduction to Grammatical Structure 152900071 30 Full Year
General Linguistics: Understanding Language 152900069 30 Full Year
List C

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

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arts of the Buddha in Southeast Asia 154900148 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Southeast Asian government and politics 153400022 30 Full Year
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (UG) 155800081 15 Term 2
Music and Religion in South East Asia 155800080 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
H353 The Creation of Modern Burma 1852-C.1941 (I) 154800252 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

No

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks). The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others.

In the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, undergraduate modules take various forms. Modules may be taught through 1 or 2 hours of lectures a week, and some may have an additional 1-2 hours of weekly seminars. Languages classes may be 4-5 hours per week in the first and second year, typically less at higher levels.

More information is on the page for each module.

Module Information

Introductory and intermediate modules 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 SOAS'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

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

Not only does SOAS offer a first class education with top scholars in the field, it also offers a great professional and social network. Upon graduation, my professional career path was wide opened. The SOAS experience has taught me to be a specialist in different fields, not only politics, but also development, gender and migration, and good governance.

Dinita Setyawati

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