BA Global Liberal Arts

General

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Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time


The BA in Global Liberal Arts at SOAS is broad but rigorous, for highly-motivated students who wish to explore a range of subjects from arts and humanities to languages and social sciences. It provides a sophisticated understanding of the world as a whole, expert knowledge of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and the skills you need to succeed on and after your degree.

Each year you will take a module from four different tracks. Skills and methods modules teach critical thinking, project design, and research methods. The global track considers the world as a whole while providing disciplinary training. The regional track focuses on particular parts of the world, which the fourth track complements, with the study of a language from one of these regions.

The degree is designed to give you the perspective, specialist knowledge, and skills you need to succeed in a broad range of professions. It will provide the adaptability and flexibility you need in our rapidly changing world.

Employment

The programme is designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in a broad range of professions, across the public and private sectors. Employers are increasingly asking for evidence of the adaptability and flexibility needed in the rapidly changing world of work, which the interdisciplinary nature of this programme will provide. Graduates will find a wide range of professions and opportunities open to them, including business, charities, the civil service, consultancy, the creative industries, education, finance, government, the heritage sector, journalism, law, PR and marketing, and publishing. The degree will also provide a strong foundation for those wishing to pursue further study at postgraduate level.

Graduates from the SOAS History Department have gone on to work for a wide range of organisations, including the following. Given that the BA Global Liberal Arts allows you to take modules from throughout the School, you may want to look at other department and programme pages to see the full range of opportunities available to SOAS graduates

Graduates from the SOAS History Department have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

  • Embassy of Qatar, Cultural Attache's Office
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Social Action for Health
  • Abner Stein Literary Agency
  • Salusbury World Refugee Centre
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Bunkyo Gakuin University
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Cyprus
  • HSBC
  • Teenage Cancer Trust
  • UK Government Stabilisation Unit
  • Oriental and African Strategic Investment Services Limited
  • KPMG
  • Prisoners of Conscience
  • British Library
  • Amnesty International
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • University of Oxford
  • Freshfields
  • Natural History Museum
  • Thai Government
  • Public Policy Exchange
  • Global Philanthropic
  • UNESCO
  • British Broadcasting Corporation

Graduates have assumed various roles, including:

  • Analyst
  • Barrister
  • Chief Risk Officer
  • Civil Servant
  • Consultant, IT Practice
  • Deployments Officer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Head of Operations
  • Lecturer
  • Playwright
  • Professional Researcher
  • Programme Developer for Community Learning
  • Project Manager
  • Regional Social Action Coordinator
  • Research And Development Executive
  • Risk Research Analyst
  • Senior Consultant
  • Teacher
  • UNESCO Intern

Structure

General Structure

The programme is designed to ensure breadth and depth, allowing you to acquire expertise in a particular discipline and region while encouraging you to place this in wider interdisciplinary and global contexts. It is also possible to explore a variety of disciplinary approaches and/or regional settings. All students will acquire the training in skills and methods they need to succeed in their chosen intellectual path.

Each year you will take a module in four different tracks:

  • the Skills and Methods track focuses on acquiring the core skills you need to succeed at university and beyond, progressing from modules on verbal and quantitative literacy in the first year, through project design and research methods in the second, to an independent research project in your final year.
  • the Global track comprises a series of modules that ask you to understand the world as a whole, providing you with a broad framework within which to place your own regions of interest. It is also possible from the second year to develop a particular disciplinary specialisation.
  • the Regional track comprises modules that focus on one of the five regions we study at SOAS - Africa, the Near and Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia - as well as modules focusing on particular countries. It is possible to focus on one region throughout your degree or to study different regions in different years.
  • the Language track allows you to pursue the study of one of the many Asian or African languages we teach at SOAS to the intermediate level. It is possible after the first year to study linguistics or literature in translation instead of languages if preferred.

Within each track, modules are progressive and learning outcomes are cumulative, to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge you need before undertaking each module. In outline, therefore, each year will look as follows. (See the following section for further detail.)

  • Year 1: two modules on verbal and quantitative literacy; an introduction to global studies; an introductory regional module; and a language module.
  • Year 2: the project design & research methods module; an intermediate global module; an intermediate regional module; and a module of language, or of linguistics/literature in translation.
  • Year 3: the core dissertation module; an advanced global module; an advanced regional module; and a module of language, or of linguistics literature in translation.
Module Groupings

The degree draws on modules from throughout the School. The options can be found on the list of modules for the global, regional, and language tracks, which will be produced annually and is sub-divided into the lists specified above.

The programme draws on modules from throughout the School, but students should note that the availability of modules may change and that the choice of modules is subject to some restrictions. Please note the following in particular:

  • The lists of available modules are subject to change on an annual basis, due to ongoing curriculum revision by the departments concerned. Students will be advised which modules are available each year prior to registration.
  • Some modules are subject to pre-requisites and other restrictions (eg approval by the module convenor). Students are advised to check individual module pages carefully so that they can plan ahead.
  • The wide range of available modules means that there will be some timetable clashes between modules. Students are therefore advised to consider various module options at each stage of their degree.

The programme convenor and tutors will work carefully with each student to design their programme of study. At the beginning of the programme we will establish your intellectual goals and chart potential pathways. We will then consider your academic progress and future plans before making your module choices each spring.

Programme structure

Each year you must take 30 credits from each of four different tracks:

  • Skills and methods
  • Global
  • Regional
  • Language

Compulsory and optional modules are as follows.

Year 1

Core Modules: Skills and Methods

All students take the following two core modules:

  • Writing Well
  • Using Numbers

Compulsory Modules: Global

All students take the following compulsory module:

  • Regional
    Students will take 30 credits from the regional modules.
  • Language
    Students will take 30 credits from the language modules.

Year 2

Core Module: Skills and methods

All students take the following core module.

Compulsory Modules: Global

Students take 30 credits from the modules in List B

  • Regional
    Students will take 30 credits from the modules in List C OR List D3.
  • Language
    30 credits from the modules in List D1 OR the literature or linguistics modules in Lists D2 and D3 below (if from List D3 you must choose from List C for the preceding regional track module)

Year 3

Core Module: Skills and methods

All students take the following core module:

  • Dissertation in Global Liberal Arts

Compulsory Modules: Global

Students take 30 credits from the modules in List B.

  • Regional
    Students will take 30 credits from the modules in List C OR List D3 below
  • Language
    30 credits from the modules in List D1 OR the literature or linguistics modules in Lists D2 and D3 below (if from List D3 you must choose from List C for the preceding regional track module)

General notes

  • The lists of optional modules are compilations of all open options available at SOAS, as of April 2018, indicating how they fit into the programme structure of the BA Global Liberal Arts so that students can see the full range of modules available prior to module sign-up. The list is subject to change on an annual basis, due to ongoing curriculum development by the departments concerned.
  • Students must double-check the list of open option modules (language list | non-language list) as well as individual module pages for any pre-requisites and other restrictions on modules. Students are also strongly encouraged to contact the module convenor before signing up for an optional module to ensure that they are adequately prepared for the module and that it will meet their academic objectives.
  • Students should make sure that they are taking a full load each year (120 credits), and try to ensure that any one-term, 15-credit modules are evenly distributed between the two terms.

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. An application form and details of courses can be found on their website. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words, you could apply to do the same subject, for example, economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

Entry Requirements

  • A-Levels: AAB - ABB
    IB: 35 (665 at HL)

Alternative entry requirements

  • 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

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Oct 2019

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