SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

BA South Asian Studies and... (3 years)

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

  • 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
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  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Fees and funding
  • Employment
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Overview

Programme Code: See "Combinations"

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

BA South Asian Studies and... is a 3-year degree, and 120 credits are taken each year. The first year features the core module South Asian Culture, a modular module which introduces aspects of the languages and cultures of the subcontinent. This is taken alongside an introductory language module in Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Sanskrit, or Urdu, which in turn leads to further modules in the same language and its literature in Years 2 and 3. (Gujarati, Pali, Punjabi, Sinhala and Tamil are also available, but in a more limited range of modules.) Not all language modules are available every year, and all modules are subject to quorum; current availability can be checked by contacting the South Asia Department. Further modules relevant to South Asia are selected from options taught in other departments. Given the range of modules available, the Department is careful to offer appropriate advice to each student in making his or her selection, in order to ensure an overall coherence of coverage.

Introductory language modules taught in Year 1 assume no previous knowledge of the chosen language or its script: they start completely from scratch. Modules in modern languages concentrate on all four linguistic skills – understanding, speaking, reading and writing; classes are small and interactive, with students being encouraged to use the language actively from the outset. Many of our introductory language modules have been written especially for our needs by members of the Department staff; and Intermediate and advanced language modules feature a wide range of ‘real world’ teaching and study materials. The formal teaching is complemented by the frequent open lectures, seminars and cultural events on South Asian themes that are held regularly in SOAS.

Final-year options include an Independent Study Project, which gives the student an opportunity to pursue a subject of personal interest (in language, literature, politics, culture, religion, the arts and media, or any other aspect of contemporary or historical India), leading to the writing of a 10,000-word dissertation under tutorial supervision.

Students with a specific interest in Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Sanskrit or Urdu may like to consider, as an alternative to the 3 year degree, the 4 year full or half degree featuring these languages as a named pathway; these degrees have a more specific focus on the respective language itself, and include a year abroad in South Asia.

Key Information Set Data

The information for BA, BSc, or LLB programmes refer to data taken from the single subject degrees offered at SOAS; however, due to the unique nature of our programmes many subjects have a separate set of data when they are studied alongside another discipline.  In order to get a full picture of their chosen subject(s) applicants are advised to look at both sets of information where these occur.

Convenors

Key Information Set Data


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

Combinations

May be combined with:

* Taught at King's College, London
** Taught at University College London (UCL)

Key Information Set data

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Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Students must take 120 credits per year.  Students can choose non-language modules from a range of approved South-Asia related modules from subject areas which include anthropology, art and archaeology, economics, film, geography, history, law, literature, music, politics and religion. Over the three years they must take at least 150 credits from one subject and at least 120 credits from the other subject. The subject with the largest number of credits will be named first in the degree.

NB: The structure for this module has changed for new students enrolling in (or after) the 2012/13 academic year

Structure for students who enrolled in 2011/12 or before

Please see the PDF document if you enrolled in 2011/12 or earlier BA South Asian Studies and...(3 years) Structure (pdf; 11kb)

Structure for students who enrol in 2012/13 or after

Year 1
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
South Asian Culture 155900812 30 Full Year
Optional Module

Choose a language module from List A at an appropriate level OR modules to the value of 30 credits from List B.

Other Subject

Students take 60 credits in their other subject.

Year 2
Core Module

Choose 30 credits from the following modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
South Asian Literature in English 155900927 15 Term 1
Cinema and Society in South Asia: History and Social Context 155906000 15 Term 1
Cinema and Society in South Asia: Key Issues 155906001 15 Term 2
Optional Module

Any language module at an appropriate level from List A OR modules to the value of 30 credits from List C.

Other Subject

Students take 60 credits in their other subject.

Year 3
Optional Module

Choose the ISP below OR a module from List A at an intermediate or advanced level OR a module from List C.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Independent Study Project in South Asian Studies 155900955 30 Full Year
Optional Module

Choose a module to the value of 30 credits from the following list.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Society, Culture and Politics in Nepal 155901305 30 Full Year
Other Subject

Students take 60 credits in their other subject.

List A South Asian language courses

The list below indicates the pathway along which students can progress as they do their South Asian language modules. Students may not take more than one language module at elementary level in any given year. Passing of the intermediate level course (or its equivalent) in Bengali OR Hindi OR Nepali OR Sanskrit OR Urdu is a pre-requisite for admission to the Year Abroad.

Elementary level
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Bengali Language 1 155900491 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 1 155900501 30 Full Year
Nepali Language I 155900535 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Language 1 155901303 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 1 155900512 30 Full Year
Basic Pali 158000200 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Introduction to Prakrit 155901323 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Elementary Written Persian 155901053 30 Full Year
Intermediate level
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Bengali Language 2 155900492 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 2 155901183 30 Full Year
Nepali Language 2 155900609 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Language 2 155901304 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 2 155900513 30 Full Year
Urdu Literacy 155901247 30 Full Year
Intermediate Pali 158000124 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Readings in Prakrit 155901324 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Readings in Contemporary Hindi 155901185 30 Full Year
Advanced level
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Directed Readings in a South Asian Literature or Culture (Bengali) 155901298 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Hindi Language 3 155901269 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 4 155901384 30 Full Year
Literature & Colonialism in North India 155901295 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Directed Readings in a South Asian Literature or Culture (Hindi) 155901299 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Nepali Language 3 155901283 30 Full Year
Directed Readings in South Asian Literature or Culture (Nepali) 155901300 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Sanskrit Texts on Yoga 155901408 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Classical Sanskrit Court Literature I 155900860 30 Full Year
Selected Texts from the Sanskrit Epic 155900787 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Vedic Sanskrit 158000128 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Directed Readings in Sanskrit 155901302 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Directed Readings in a South Asian Literature or Culture (Urdu) 155901301 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
List B Introductory modules on aspects of South Asian history and culture
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Buddhism: Foundation 158000110 15 Term 1
Hinduism: Foundation 158000118 15 Term 2
Introduction to Jainism 158000053 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H140 Introduction to the History of South Asia 154800231 30 Full Year
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of South and Southeast Asia 154900156 15 Term 1
List C Non-language-based South Asian and South Asian-related modules

Some modules require successful attendance of a relevant introductory module; students are advised to check the relevant module descriptions for prerequisites and consult the relevant module convenor before selecting modules.

Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Cinema and Society in South Asia: History and Social Context 155906000 15 Term 1
Cinema and Society in South Asia: Key Issues 155906001 15 Term 2
Society, Culture and Politics in Nepal 155901305 30 Full Year
South Asian Literature in English 155900927 15 Term 1
Extended Essay in South Asian Studies 155901101 15 Term 1
School of Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Law and Society in South Asia 155200032 30 Full Year
Department of Politics and International Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 30 Full Year
Department of History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H234 Culture and Identity in Modern South Asia 1800-2000 154800264 30 Full Year
H335 Gandhi and Gandhism 154800103 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H337 Histories of Partition: India and Pakistan 1947 (I) 154800282 30 Full Year
H434 Religion, State And Society In Mughal North India I 154800238 - Not Running 2017/18
Department of Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Traditional Art and Modern South Asia 154900161 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Hindu Art in Medieval India 154900162 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Department of Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Music, Religion and Society in South Asia 155800086 15 Term 1
Classical singing in India: continuity and change 155800093 15 Term 2
Department of the Study of Religions
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Textual Sources of Classical Hinduism 158000023 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Department of Economics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Economic development of South Asia 153400011 30 Full Year

Programme Specification

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Language teaching is mostly in small tutorial groups; tapes and language laboratory facilities are available for formal teaching and self-study. Non-language modules are taught by lecture and seminar. Language classes are examined by written and oral examination; non-language classes are examined by essays and written examination. 

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 student specialising in the languages and cultures of South Asia, you will gain 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 and culture (which can include literature, film, music, art and religion) of various parts of South Asia. 

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 in both business and 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.

Choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills with which to further your studies of South Asia, or to make comparative study with other areas. South Asian Studies may be combined with a huge range of other disciplines. For more information on the extra skills you will gain from your second subject, please see the relevant departmental page. 

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

A Student's Perspective

I have had the chance to read the most up to date, often controversial and revealing perspectives on South Asia, presented by leading academics who will often actually be members of the South Asia Department Faculty itself. My choice to study at SOAS was the best decision I ever made; being a student here is an exciting and unique experience.

Mikaela Parrack

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