BA Politics and International Relations

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time


The joint BA programme in Politics & International Relations offers students the ability to combine our two disciplinary streams throughout their training, giving them a broad base of knowledge from which to analyse politics within and amongst countries. Students will choose from the options available to both joint degree programmes and will take a compulsory course in Political Analysis in the first year.

At the end of the course, students will have developed a uniquely insightful and rounded approach to understanding political questions and current affairs across the world. The degree structure offers deep engagement with regional and international politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as problem-driven engagements with war, development, international organisations, state power, social movements, the global economy and other aspects of political life.

Teaching on the degree programme is tailored towards improving students’ understanding of the subjects, writing and presentation abilities and developing their skills as independent and critical thinkers. Whilst more introductory courses often consist of larger lectures followed up by smaller group seminars, more advanced and specialised courses encourage more student responsibility and leadership over the material.

Structure

Year 1

Core Module

Students will take the following core module:

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

Compulsory Modules

Students will take the following two compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Political Analysis

Guided Options

Students will take one of these two guided option modules:

  • Introduction to Global History
  • Introduction to Political Theory

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Students will take ONE of the following compulsory modules:

  • Political theory
  • Comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa
  • Politics of development

and

Students will also take ONE of the following compulsory modules:

  • Politics of the World Economy
  • War and the International
  • Religion and World Politics

and

Students will take compulsory modules to the value of 30 credits from List A below.

and

Students will take compulsory modules to the value of 30 credits from List B below.

Year 3

Optional Modules

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

and

Students will take guided modules to the value of 30 credits from EITHER the Year 3 List C OR from List D below.

and

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from EITHER the Year 3 List D OR the Open Option (Languages | Non-languages) Lists.

and

Students will take guided modules to the value of 30 credits from List D below.

List of modules (subject to availability)

List A (Year 2)

  • Government and politics of China
  • Government and politics of South Asia
  • Government and politics of the Middle East
  • The state and politics in Africa
  • Southeast Asian government and politics
  • Taiwan's Politics and International Relations

List B (Year 2)

  • International Relations of East Asia
  • International Relations of Africa
  • International Relations of the Middle East
  • International Relations of South Asia

List C (Year 3)

  • 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

List D (Year 3)
Please note:

  • Prerequisite for Independent Study Project (ISP)(153400053): Overall mark of 2:1 or above in Year 2.
  • Students may only take one ISP.
  • Students cannot take both an ISP and 2 Extended Essays
  • Independent Study Project in International Relations
  • War and the International
  • Politics of the World Economy
  • International Relations of East Asia
  • International Relations of Africa
  • International Relations of the Middle East
  • International Relations of South Asia
  • Comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa
  • Political theory
  • Politics of development
  • 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 of Culture
  • Politics of Gender
  • Issues in Turkish Politics
  • Politics, Economy, Society: Japan
  • Conflict, Rights and Justice
  • Independent study project in Politics
  • Extended essay in Politics
  • Extended essay in Politics b

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.

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 4 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: 80%

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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