BA Politics (combined)

General

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Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time


The Politics degree at SOAS is structured around four core subdisciplines, namely political theory, political sociology, political economy, and international relations. Students receive thorough training in the theories and methods of these sub-disciplines, which are then applied to the analysis of real-world political situations.

By studying Politics at SOAS, students will gain detailed knowledge and a thorough understanding of some of the most important power shifts and conflicts of ideas unfolding in the world today. They will also learn to critically engage with and explore the relevance of social science concepts for understanding contemporary geopolitics, regional politics of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as the ability to undertake analyses and comparisons of political developments in specific countries.

Teaching in the Department of Politics and International Studies combines an introduction to the discipline of politics as a comparative exercise together with the awareness that comparisons must always respect the individuality of each country and population. This awareness is complemented by the work carried out in other departments of SOAS. A Politics degree at SOAS, therefore, gives our students a better opportunity than most to understand global politics since our courses cover the politics of three-quarters of the globe. BA Politics may be taken as a single subject or two-subject degree. A sampling of the courses we offer includes Government and Politics of Asia, of China, of the Middle East, and of Africa, International Politics, Islam and Democracy, Politics of Development, Globalization and Global Governance, and Politics of Culture.

May be combined with:

  • African Studies, TL52 BA/POLAF
  • African Studies (including a year abroad)
  • Arabic+, LT26 BA/PLOA
  • Chinese+, LT21 BA/POLCH
  • Development Studies, LL92 BA/POLDVS
  • Economics, LL12 BA/POLEC
  • Hebrew+, LQ24 BA/POLHE
  • History, LV21 BA/POLH
  • International Relations
  • Japanese, LT22 BA/POLJ
  • Japanese Studies, TL22 BA/JSP
  • Korean+, LTFL BA/POLKO
  • Law, LM21 BA/POLLW
  • Persian+, LTG6 BA/POLP ( + Compulsory Year Abroad which is split between 2 countries)
  • Social Anthropology, LL62 BA/SAPOL
  • South Asian Studies, TLHF BA/SASPOL
  • South-East Asian Studies, TLH2 BA/POLSEA
  • South-East Asian Studies (including a year abroad)
  • Study of Religions, LV26 BA/SRPOL
  • Turkish+, LTF6 BA/TUPOL

Structure

This information describes the Politics component of a two-subject degree. Students taking Joint Honours with a language that involves three course-units are required to take Introduction to Comparative Politics in their first year. These students are required to take Introduction to Political Theory or Introduction to Political Analysis subsequently.

Year 1

Core Modules

Students will take the following core module:

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

Compulsory Module

Students will take one of the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Political Analysis
  • Introduction to Political Theory

Second Subject

Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits from their second subject.

Year 2

Guided Options

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from list A (Year 2 disciplinary modules) below.

and

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from list of regional modules below.

and

Second Subject

Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits from their second subject.

Year 3

Guided Options

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from List C (Year 3 modules) below.

and

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from List C (Year 3 modules) below OR from their Second Subject.

and

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from List C (Year 3 modules) below OR from their Second Subject.

and

Second Subject

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from their Second Subject.

List of modules (subject to availability)

  • Year 2 disciplinary modules
    • Comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa
    • Political theory
    • Politics of development
  • Year 2 regional modules
    • Government and politics of China
    • Government and politics of South Asia
    • Government and politics of the Middle East
    • Southeast Asian government and politics
    • The state and politics in Africa
    • Taiwan's Politics and International Relations
  • Year 3
    • Guided Options: Year 3
      • Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from List C (Year 3 modules) below and
      • Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from List C (Year 3 modules) below or from their Second Subject and
      • Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from List C (Year 3 modules) below or from their Second Subject and
    • Second Subject
      • Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from their Second Subject.
  • List C
    • Comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa
    • Political theory
    • Politics of development
    • Politics of Culture
    • Politics of Gender
    • Issues in Turkish Politics
    • Critical Issues in Israeli Politics and Society
    • Islam and Democracy
    • Nationalism, ethnicity and state in Asia and Africa
    • Government and politics of China
    • Government and politics of South Asia
    • Government and politics of the Middle East
    • Southeast Asian government and politics
    • The state and politics in Africa
    • Taiwan's Politics and International Relations
    • Politics, Economy, Society: Japan
    • Conflict, Rights and Justice
    • Globalisation and global governance
    • Identity in International Relations
    • International Institutions and World Politics
    • Going Global: An Introduction to International Migration
    • African Political Thought
    • Decolonising World Politics
    • Key Debates on Neoliberalism
    • War and the International
    • Politics of the World Economy
    • Religion and World Politics
    • International Relations of East Asia
    • International Relations of Africa
    • International Relations of the Middle East
    • International Relations of South Asia
    • Independent study project in Politics
    • Extended essay in Politics
    • Extended essay in Politics B

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: AAA
    IB: 37 (6/6/6)

Alternative entry requirements

  • BTEC: DDD
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAA
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA
  • Irish LC: 360 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 5 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 85%
  • French Bacc: 15/20
  • German Abitur: 1.5
  • Italy DES: 85/100
  • Austria Mat: 1.5
  • Polish Mat: Overall 80% 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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