BA South Asian Studies and International Management (4 years)

Programme Code: TND2 BA/SASIM

Duration: 4 Years

Minimum Entry Requirements: Languages at SOAS are taught ab initio, and no prior knowledge is required. A foreign language at A-level or equivalent is preferred but not essential.

Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications are often invited for the interview, though many applications are assessed on the basis of the UCAS forms alone.

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

SOAS is the only University in the UK where you can combine the study of management with the study of the language and culture of South Asia as part of your BA degree.

The four-year degree gives you the unique opportunity of spending the third year attending an intensive language programme in India, Nepal or Bangladesh and experiencing life and study in South Asia in what is a unique life experience.

At SOAS, on the management side, you will study general modules on accounting, business, management and marketing that will include concrete examples from Asia, advanced modules on economy and finance in East Asia, and you will be able to focus on finance and management of South Asia in your essays and final dissertation.

On the South Asian side, you will be able to choose from a range of exciting modules on the culture and society of South Asia, including unique modules in cinema, literature, art, music, religion, history, politics, law, economics and anthropology. We offer the widest range of culture modules on South Asia, both at introductory and specialist levels.

If you choose to study languages, in Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Sanskrit, and Urdu (‘pathway languages’) we offer language modules at beginner, intermediate and advanced level. We also offer modules that use the language skills you acquire to gain access to the present and past culture of South Asia through written and audio-visual texts.

We also offer a more limited range of language modules in Tamil, Sinhala, Gujarati, and Punjabi, subject to a minimum number of students.

Structure

BA South Asian Studies and International Management as a 4-year degree combines the study of management and finance (with a particular focus on Asia) with the study of South Asia from a number of aspects (culture, history, music, art, literature, politics, economics, law, anthropology). The programme consists of four modules every year, with at least five modules completed in your first subject and four in the second subject.

Students can choose whether to pursue language learning or focus exclusively on culture modules related to South Asia. Students who decide not to pursue language study and spend the third year abroad can transfer to the BA South Asian Studies and International Management 3-year degree.

The first year features the core modules South Asian Culture, a module surveying the cultural history of South Asia; a language module or an introductory module on the art, religion or history of South Asia; 2 half module introductory modules on accounting, management and/or quantitative and analytical techniques for managers; and a module on the economy of either China or Japan & Korea.

In Year 2 you will take four half modules on corporate finance and finance accounting, international business strategy, international marketing and managerial accounting. For your other two modules, you continue language work in the pathway language of choice (core) in combination with an intermediary module relevant to that language

Year 3 is spent attending an intensive language module in India, Nepal or Bangladesh, with opportunities to liaise with local and international companies and to collect material for the Independent Study Project in year 4.

In Year 4 you will choose two half module advanced modules on economics and finance in East Asia; an undergraduate dissertation (ISP) of 10,000 words on a topic of your choice related to management and/or finance in South Asia; and two further modules of intermediate or advanced language and/or culture modules on South Asia.

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. There is usually a 40/60 balance between coursework and exam in language modules. 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.

Year 1

Core Module

  • South Asian Culture 155900812 (30 credits) Full Year

Option 1

Students choose a language module to the value of (30 credits) credits from List A.

Option 2

Choose two 15 credit modules from the following:

  • Introduction to accounting 151030001 (15credits) Term 1
  • Understanding company accounts and reports 151030002 (15credits) Term 2
  • Quantitative and analytical techniques for managers 151030005 (15credits) Term 2
  • Principles and management of marketing 151030004 (15credits) Term 1

Year 2

Option 1

Students choose a language module to the value of 30 credits from List A.

Option 2

Students choose a further language module to the value of 30 credits from List A or advanced level OR a module from List C:

  • Readings in Contemporary Hindi 155901185 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Society, Culture and Politics in Nepal 155901305 (30 credits) Full Year

Option 3

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the following:

  • Corporate finance and financial accounting 151030006 (15credits) Term 2
  • Managerial Accounting 151030007 (15credits) Term 1
  • International business strategy 151030008 (15credits) Term 1
  • Managerial economics 151030009 (15credits) Term 2
  • Qualitative and case study research 151030011 (15credits) Term 2
  • International marketing 1: the environment 151030010 (15credits) Term 1

Year 3

Depending on their language pathway, students will spend the whole academic year in India (Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit), Nepal (Nepali) or Bangladesh (Bengali). The students are expected to attend an intensive language module at an appointed institution and are required to sit local examinations.

Year 4

Option 1

Students choose a language module to the value of 30 credits from List A.

Option 2

A further language module to the value of 30 credits from List A at intermediate or advanced level OR a module from List C

Independent Study Project

All students must take the Independent Study Project in International Management

  • Independent study project in international management 151030016 (30 credits) Full Year

Option 3

Choose two 15 credit modules from the following:

  • Financial strategy 151030012 (15credits) Term 1
  • Finance in China 151030013 (15credits) Term 2
  • FINANCE IN JAPAN AND KOREA 151030021 (15credits) Term 2
  • International human resource management 151030018 (15credits) Term 1
  • Corporate governance 151030017 (15credits) Term 2

List A: South Asian Language Modules

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 the elementary level in any given year. Passing of the intermediate level module (or its equivalent) in Bengali OR Hindi OR Nepali OR Sanskrit OR Urdu is a prerequisite for admission to the Year Abroad.

Elementary level

  • Bengali Language 1 155900491 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 1 155900501 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Nepali Language I 155900535 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Sanskrit Language 1 155901303 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Urdu Language 1 155900512 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Basic Pali 158000200 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Introduction to Prakrit 155901323 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Elementary Written Persian 155901053 (30 credits) Full Year

Intermediate level

  • Bengali Language 2 155900492 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 2 155901183 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Nepali Language 2 155900609 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Sanskrit Language 2 155901304 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Urdu Language 2 155900513 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Urdu Literacy 155901247 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Pali 158000124 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Readings in Prakrit 155901324 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018

Advanced level

  • Directed Readings in the Literature of a Modern South Asian Language 15PSAC016 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Hindi Language 3 155901269 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 4 155901384 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Literature & Colonialism in North India 155901295 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Narratives of Mobility in Contemporary Hindi Literature 155901296 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Directed Readings in a South Asian Literature or Culture (Hindi) 155901299 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Nepali Language 3 155901283 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Directed Readings in South Asian Literature or Culture (Nepali) 155901300 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Classical Sanskrit Court Literature I 155900860 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Vedic Sanskrit 158000128 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Directed Readings in Sanskrit 155901302 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Directed Readings in a South Asian Literature or Culture (Urdu) 155901301 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

List B: Introductory Modules on Aspects of South Asian History and Culture

  • Buddhism: Foundation 158000110 (15credits) Term 1
  • Hinduism: Foundation 158000118 (15credits) Term 2
  • Introduction to Jainism 158000053 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • H140 Introduction to the History of South Asia 154800231 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Themes in the Art and Archaeology of South and Southeast Asia 154900156 (15credits) Term 1

List C: Non-Language-Based South Asian and South Asian-related Modules

Some modules require the 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

  • Cinema and Society in South Asia: History and Social Context 155906000 (15credits) Term 1
  • Cinema and Society in South Asia: Key Issues 155906001 (15credits) Term 2
  • Society, Culture and Politics in Nepal 155901305 (30 credits) Full Year
  • South Asian Literature in English 155900927 (15credits) Term 1
  • Extended Essay in South Asian Studies 155901101 (15credits) Term 1

School of Law

  • Law and Society in South Asia 155200032 (30 credits) Full Year

Department of Politics and International Studies

  • Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 (30 credits) Full Year

Department of History

  • H234 Culture and Identity in Modern South Asia 1800-2000 154800264 (30 credits) Full Year
  • H335 Gandhi and Gandhism 154800103 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • H337 Histories of Partition: India and Pakistan 1947 (I) 154800282 (30 credits) Full Year
  • H434 Religion, State And Society In Mughal North India I 154800238 - Not Running 2017/18

Department of Art and Archaeology

  • Traditional Art and Modern South Asia 154900161 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Hindu Art in Medieval India 154900162 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

Department of the Study of Religions

  • Textual Sources of Classical Hinduism 158000023 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Theravada Buddhism 158000018 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Mahayana Buddhism 158000037 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Buddhist Monasticism 158000097 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018

Department of Economics

  • Economic development of South Asia 153400011 (30 credits) Full Year

Year abroad

Yes

Program taught in:
  • English

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