SOAS University of London

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

BA South East Asian Studies and ...

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

2018 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: See 'May be Combined with ..'

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

BA South East Asian Studies (Combined Honours) is a three-year programme that strikes an exciting balance between the study of a South East Asian language (Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai or Vietnamese), the cultures of the region and a second subject in another discipline. 

Competence in a South East Asian language is developed as a tool for exploring the culture for which a spoken language is a vehicle. 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


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Combinations

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Structure

Year 1
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to South East Asia 155901320 15 Term 1
South East Asia on Film 155901318 15 Term 2
Compulsory Modules

A SEA language module at an approved level (Burmese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese). Typically level 1 of the language chosen.

Other Subject

Students should follow the syllabus of the second subject.

Year 2
Core Modules

You must take both modules below.

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

30 credits of an SEA language OR modules to the value of 30 credits from List A.

Other Subject

Students should follow the syllabus of the second subject.

Year 3
Compulsory Modules

You must select the half module (15 credits) below and a further half module (15 credits) from List A.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Extended Essay in South East Asian Studies 155901307 15 Term 1
Optional Module

30 credits of an SEA language, modules to the value of 30 credits from List A or List C or an open option.

Other Subject

Students should follow the syllabus of the second subject.

List of Approved Courses
List A
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Orientalism on Screen 155901413 15 Term 2
Indonesia on Screen 155901354 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Thailand on Screen (post '97) 155901317 15 Term 2
Vietnam on Screen 155907004 15 Term 2
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 15 Term 1
English Literatures of South East Asia 155901410 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia 155907001 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
The City and the Countryside in South East Asian Literatures 155901326 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asian Literatures in Translation 155901316 15 Term 1
Jawi and the Manuscript Tradition 155901312 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
List C

Please check any pre-requisites

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (UG) 155800081 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Music and Religion in South East Asia 155800080 15 Term 2
Arts of the Buddha in Southeast Asia 154900148 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Southeast Asia in the Modern Imagination: Art, Visuality, Exchange 154900194 15 Term 2
Undoing Asia: Artistic Perspectives from the 20th and 21th Centuries 154900191 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Arts of SouthEast Asia 154900200 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Southeast Asian government and politics 153400022 30 Full Year
Gender, Art and Visual Culture: Explorations in the Representation of Southeast Asia 154900181 15 Term 2
The `Historical` Buddha: Explorations in Southeast Asian Arts 154900180 15 Term 1
H253 Islam in Southeast Asia, 1760s-1960s 154800212 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H254 Indigenous Warfare & Society in Early Modern Southeast Asia, 1300-1830 154800240 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H353 The Creation of Modern Burma 1852-C.1941 (I) 154800252 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

Programme Specification

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

There is no year abroad requirement on this programme.  If you are interested in taking a year abroad in South East Asia as part of your degree, then please look at the named language degrees and the BA South East Asian Studies (including year abroad).

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 modules 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.
  • Mulder, N. 2000. Inside Thai society: religion, everyday life, change. Chiangmai: Silkworm Books.
  • 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.
  • 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

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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