SOAS University of London

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

BA South East Asian Studies and ... (including year abroad) (2020 entry)

Select year of entry: 2020 2019

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Overview

The BA South East Asian Studies (Combined Honours) with year abroad is a four-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. The compulsory year abroad in South East Asia is intended to achieve an all-round improvement in students’ language skills, allowing them to work at a more advanced level of linguistic competence on cinematic, literary and cultural studies texts when they return to completed their fourth year of study.

Programme Code: See 'May be Combined with ..'

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

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:
AAB-ABB
IB:
35 (665 at HL)

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BTEC: DDM

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

Scottish Highers: AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB

Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (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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duration:
4 years

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£17,750


Fees for 2019/20 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

Convenors


Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.

Combinations

May be combined with:

Key Information Set data

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Structure

Year 1
Core Language Module

A South East Asian language at an appropriate level. Typically level 1 of the language chosen.

Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Decolonising Otherness 152900120 15 credits - Not Running 2019/20
Introduction to South and South East Asia 152900122 15 Term 1
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 - Year Abroad

Students will take the compulsory year abroad in South East Asia, spent in one or two countries in the region.

Students who do not wish to study abroad, can opt for the BA South East Asian Studies (Combined Honours) 3-year programme.

Year 4
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 Full Year
  • Plus 15 credits from modules in List A below.
Optional Module

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

Other Subject

Students should follow the syllabus of the second subject.

List of Approved Courses
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 2019/2020
Khmer (Cambodian) Language 1 B 155906075 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
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 Not Running 2019/2020
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 Not Running 2019/2020
Thai Language 4 155901357 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 4 155901024 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
Vietnamese Literature 155901113 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
List A
Non-Language South East Asian Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Thailand on Screen (post '97) 155901317 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Indonesia on Screen 155901354 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Vietnam on Screen 155907004 15 Term 1
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 15 Term 1
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
The City and the Countryside in South East Asian Literatures 155901326 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Jawi and the Manuscript Tradition 155901312 15 Term 1
List B

Please check any pre-requisites

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arts of the Buddha in Southeast Asia 154900148 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Southeast Asian government and politics 153400022 30 Full Year
Music and Religion in South East Asia 155800080 15 Term 2
H353 The Creation of Modern Burma 1852-C.1941 (I) 154800252 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
H398 - The Vietnam War and Asia I 154800295 30 Full Year
Intercultural communication and interaction 152900107 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Introduction to Translation Theory 152900113 15 Term 1
Language, Society and Communication 152900083 15 Term 1

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

Year abroad

Students will take a compulsory year abroad in South East Asia, spent in one or two countries in the region. This is not part of an exchange programme.

If they go to Thailand for a full year they will attend Thammasat University in Bangkok for two semesters, from June-February with an optional government placement for the remainder of their stay.  

Students going to Vietnam will attend the Faculty of Vietnamese Language and Culture at the Vietnam National University in Hanoi from September to May. 

Students who go to Indonesia spend a year studying at two of the best universities in Java - one semester at Universitas Gadjah Mada (Yogyakarta) and one semester at Universitas Katolik Parahyangan (Bandung). 

For students going to Burma (Myanmar) the exact programme of study during the Year Abroad is tailor-made to suit the student and situation in the country at the time. Study is either with private tutors in Yangon and/or Mandalay, or may include tuition at the Yangon University of Foreign Languages, or a combination of both. 

For all the above year abroad programmes students will take an re-entry test into year 4 of the degree in September.

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 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

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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