MSc Comparative Political Thought

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MSc Comparative Political Thought

SOAS University of London

MSc Comparative Political Thought

Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only).

Entry Requirements: Candidates should have a good undergraduate honours degree in politics, history, anthropology, area studies, or philosophy (UK 2:1 or better).

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-Time or Part-Time.

The programme is designed for graduate students who wish to learn about the diverse strands of political thinking in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and the different approaches to comparison in political thought. It is highly relevant to students who wish to embark on doctoral studies in the area of non-Western political thought. It is also relevant for practitioners working in or intending to work in governments, international organizations, think tanks and advocacy groups who wish to acquire deeper knowledge of ideas and values that inform political practices in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The MSc in Comparative Political Thought builds on SOAS’s wealth of regional expertise to offer a new approach to the cross-regional comparison of political thinking. It reframes the study of political thought in Africa, Asia and the Middle East as a study of political ideas and political practices.

The programme introduces students to the key approaches, debates, and questions in the emerging sub-discipline of comparative political thought. Covering a range of thinkers, traditions and texts, in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, it provides learning opportunities for students to compare ideas and values across regions and historical periods.

The MSc in Comparative Political Thought will enable graduate students to undertake further advanced study and research in political thought, as well as enhance skills suitable for employment in multicultural and international professional contexts.


A. Core Modules worth 30 Credits:

  • Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Comparative International Political Thought 15PPOH021 (15 credits) Term 2

B. Modules within the discipline of Politics (to the value of 30 credits):

  • Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOC255 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Political violence 15PPOH009 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 (15 credits) Term 2
  • The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032 - Not Running 2017/18
  • Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Islam and political ideologies 15PPOH007 (15 credits) Term 1

C. Modules to the value of 30 Credits:

These can be taken entirely within the Politics Department or from the list of those offered by other departments or, in the case of 15-Credit modules, a combination of the two.

  • Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 (30credits) Full Year
  • Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 (30credits) Full Year
  • Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 (30credits) Full Year
  • State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 (30credits) Full Year
  • Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 (30credits) Full Year
  • Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 (30credits) Full Year
  • State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 (15 credits) Term 1
  • State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 (15 credits) Term 2

D: Language modules to the value of 30 credits:

  • Non-Violence in Jain Scriptures, Philosophy and Law 15PSRC062 (30credits) Full Year
  • Oriental religions in European academia and imagination, 1815-1945 15PSRC168 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Modern Muslim Thinkers of South Asia 15PSRC169 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 (30credits) 0 Full Year
  • Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Amharic 1 (PG) 15PAFC130 (30credits) Full Year
  • Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC032 (30credits) Full Year
  • Bengali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC303 (30credits) Full Year
  • Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 (30credits) Full Year
  • Hausa 1 (PG) 15PAFC136 (30credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC392 (30credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC295 (30credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 (30credits) Full Year
  • Sanskrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC294 (30credits) Full Year
  • Somali 1 (PG) 15PAFC132 (30credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Written Turkish 15PNMC386 (30credits) Full Year
  • Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 (30credits) Full Year
  • Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 (30credits) Full Year
  • Yoruba 1 (PG) 15PAFC134 (30credits) Full Year
  • Zulu 1 (PG) 15PAFC128 (30credits) Full Year
  • Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 (30credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 1 (PG) 15PAFC140 (30credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Written Turkish 15PNMC386 (30credits) Full Year
  • Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 (30credits) Full Year
  • Basic Japanese 1 155900874 (30credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 (30credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 (30credits) Full Year

E. Dissertation:

  • Dissertation in Political Studies 15PPOC999 (60credits) Full Year
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
11,545 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £11,545; Full-time Overseas Fees: £19,730 per academic year
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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End date Sept. 1, 2019
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019