Summer at SOAS

SOAS offers a wide variety of courses taught in the summer months, varying in length, structure, and price. To get a taste of the SOAS experience takes a look at the video! If you would like to broaden your horizons at summer school and get a new learning experience then have a look at what is on offer below.

Taking a summer course at SOAS enables students to learn about a wide range of topics, combining cutting-edge academic research, innovative teaching and practice-oriented learning.

Whether you are a current student, a recent graduate, a young professional, or if you would like to upgrade your knowledge, taking a summer school course will broaden your horizons.

What can I study?

SOAS Summer 1

Summer School courses are offered throughout three sessions and enrolment is open for one session, only, of a combination of sessions:

Session 2: 2 July - 20 July 2018 Session 3: 23 July - 10 August 2018
Capitalism, Crisis, and the Neoliberal State Development & Conflict
Gender, Conflict and the Middle East Finance and Risk Management
NGOs and Social Movements: the Politics of Protest and Change International Relations in the 21st Century
Public Financial Management International Law: Contemporary Issues
The Middle East in Global Politics Migration and Diaspora
Understanding Africa

Courses are taught at level 2/3 of a typical SOAS undergraduate degree programme and are suitable for undergraduates, as well as graduates and postgraduates without in-depth knowledge of a specified topic.

Attending the SOAS Summer School enables you to:

  • Join our diverse and international student community
  • Make your views heard – SOAS’ innovative teaching methods, based on excellence in research, enable students to add to the lively discussions and critical analysis in the classroom;
  • Learn from our highly experienced and specialised academic staff – SOAS has the largest concentration in Europe of experts on the Middle East, Africa and Asia;
  • Be critical and make a difference – SOAS challenges mainstream schools of thought, taking a non-Western centric approach and encouraging students to develop a critical outlook and foster change;
  • Pave your way into SOAS: Summer School students can apply to continue their studies at SOAS, with over 115 Postgraduate programmes to choose from.

Entry Requirements

A university student or a graduate at the time of attending the Summer School, and 18+ years of age. Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.

  • Participants have to be 18 or over at the time of attendance.
  • Fluency in English demonstrated through:
    • TOEFL Paper-based test we require a minimum of 583 with minimum 53 in all skills and for TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 93 with minimum 20 in all skills.
    • IELTS, 6.5 overall or higher, with at least 6 in all subscores.
    • Pearson Test of English a score of 59-64
    • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Grade B
  • If you have studied in an English speaking institution, or have courses taught at your university in English (excluding English language courses) you may meet our requirements without having to supply a certificate. Evidence of this will either need to be included on a transcript or letter from your university.
  • Applicants with an alternative qualification should contact us for advice.
  • Applicants whose English language level do not meet out requirements may be interested in our subject-based courses with English language support.

Enrolment of Summer School applicants who don't meet the entry requirements is at the discretion of SOAS - please get in touch to speak to us in detail about your application.

Once you have paid the £40 application fee and submitted the online application form, you will be informed as to whether you have a place at the summer school within 5 working days. Please do not pay your tuition fee prior to having received your offer letter.

Assessment and Credits

Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution, typically our courses receive:

  • 3 credits in the US system
  • 7.5 ECTS in the European system.

If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however, please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.

Contact Hours

Sessions 2 & 3: Monday - Thursday

  • 46 hours contact time.
  • Monday - Thursday
  • 10am - 3pm: lectures and tutorials
  • Additional 2 hours on a specified Friday involving content-related optional activities, such as museum or company visits.
  • On Fridays, courses open up one of their activities to all Summer School students, giving each student a variety of different activities to attend.

Fees

SOAS fees

There is a one-off, non-refundable application fee of £40.

Tuition fee:

  • Sessions 2 & 3 - £1,600

An early bird discount of 10% is available until 30 March 2018

Accommodation

Accommodation is available to Summer School students at the SOAS Halls of Residence, Dinwiddy House. For details of how to book a room please visit the Dinwiddy House accommodation page.

Social Programme

Our friendly and vibrant campus is located in the heart of London at the centre of historic Bloomsbury. The capital's rich cultural and social life is literally on our doorstep! During the SOAS Summer SchooL, you will be invited to attend a diverse social programme offered by SOAS and the Summer School team, including course-related activities, a welcome and a farewell reception, a Thames River cruise, and various events offered by SOAS throughout the summer.

In addition, you can book discounted trips through our partner International Friends or you can explore what the city has to offer. A detailed programme will be available closer to the Summer School's start.

SOAS student 2

I found my classes extremely stimulating and found the teachers to be very qualified, as they all had previous professional experience in the fields they were teaching. The campus is beautiful and each classroom is reasonably sized with students from all over the world. It is also located in a very nice part of London that has plenty of things to offer once the class is over. SOAS was an enriching experience for me and I would not change it for anything in the world.

Owen, Finance & Risk Management Northeastern University, Boston, USA

SOAS Summer School

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This course aims to provide participants with both theoretical knowledge and practical tools to understand and meet the challenges that the Sustainable Development Goals ... [+]

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This course aims to provide participants with both theoretical knowledge and practical tools to understand and meet the challenges that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) pose for governments devising public policies and delivery strategies to achieve them.

Since their formulation in 2015, the SDGs have entered the policy discourse of many developing countries, affecting policy-making and implementation processes. Rather than discussing the SDGs and their implications for development, this course will focus directly on the political and administrative capacities needed to pursue SDGs successfully. Issues that will be covered include strengthening of governance and stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, improvement of policy analysis and decision-making capabilities, advancement of public financial management systems and accountability, and the role that management control, monitoring and evaluation have in pursuing the SDGs.... [-]

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This course consists of lectures, workshops, field trips and guided tours of London, together with a guided tour of a rural/coastal region in Sussex, namely the Cinque Po ... [+]

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This course consists of lectures, workshops, field trips and guided tours of London, together with a guided tour of a rural/coastal region in Sussex, namely the Cinque Port of Rye and its surrounds. It will offer a wide range of approaches and agendas (both theoretical and policy-related) about tourism, pilgrimage, cultural heritage, and travel more generally – including consideration of refugees and asylum seekers.

The course will be conducted in an intense, unique, and closely-knit environment providing first-class knowledge/practice of and in the field. The course is open to students in a variety of disciplines including anthropology, sociology, history, geography, development studies, international relations, art – as well as disciplines in Art+Humanities more generally.... [-]

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This course aims to provide participants with theoretical knowledge and critical tools for understanding the impact of Blockchain technology on various parts of the econo ... [+]

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This course aims to provide participants with theoretical knowledge and critical tools for understanding the impact of Blockchain technology on various parts of the economy and society.

Since the appearance of Bitcoin in 2008, the Blockchain was progressively enriched with further computational features which opened up a plethora of potential applications. The Blockchain and, more generally, distributed electronic ledgers have been employed in various ventures and experiments in such diverse areas as fintech, public registries, supply chains, and decentralised markets. Yet, the implications of these technologies on business, finance, government and society are still to be fully explored and comprehended.... [-]

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This course offers an introduction to the theories and methods of studying culture and deals with the history and development of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) c ... [+]

Programme Description

This course offers an introduction to the theories and methods of studying culture and deals with the history and development of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) culture from the classical period to the present. It examines the major cultural patterns and institutions of the MENA region.

The course is taught through a study of some lively topics such as religious and ethnic diversity, impact of the West, stereotyping, the role of tradition, education (traditional and modern), family structure and value, gender politics, media, life in city, town and village, labour and labour migration, the Palestinian refugee problem and exile communities, culinary cultures, music and media, etc.... [-]

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This course examines the linkages between conflict and development, between inequality and violence, and between the structures and interests which contribute to the cont ... [+]

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This course examines the linkages between conflict and development, between inequality and violence, and between the structures and interests which contribute to the continuation of violence within and between countries. It is primarily informed by a political economy approach to analysing conflict, and highlights the way in which the economic and political interests of conflict parties and their international backers may conspire to form ‘war systems.’ Additionally, the course looks at how legacies of conflict impact development through a focus on gender, trauma, and memory, inspired by poststructuralist approaches to understanding the relationship between conflict and development.... [-]

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This course provides a critical introduction to understanding the politics of climate change. It presents a critical perspective on the relationship between the environme ... [+]

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This course provides a critical introduction to understanding the politics of climate change. It presents a critical perspective on the relationship between the environment and development, nature, society and the Anthropocene, and focuses on the dynamics of socio-environmental change, giving attention to its material and economic, political and organisational as well as cultural and ideological dimensions.

A theoretical consideration of the history, politics and economics of climate change is the foundation of the course, followed by an interrogation of the diplomacy of climate change negotiations, including the Paris Agreement and the IPCC reports, feminist approaches to the environment and ecosocialism. Finally, the course examines contemporary questions to do with technology and the climate, racism and climate denial, and the potential of the movements to force governmental action on climate change.... [-]

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The effective management of public finances is a fundamental function for every government and public sector organisation. This course provides participants with the theo ... [+]

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The effective management of public finances is a fundamental function for every government and public sector organisation. This course provides participants with the theoretical knowledge and tools for reviewing, discussing, understanding and evaluating key themes about public financial management. Based on academic research and practical examples, students will learn how the governments and public sector organisations plan and administer public spending; how tax policies are made; what are the effects of taxation; what other means, apart from taxation, the public sector has for raising revenues; how financial performance is reported to the public; and how fiscal balance is attained.... [-]

United Kingdom London
July 2019
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3 weeks
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This course offers insight into key issues in the study of gender and conflict, interrogating Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security, including conflic ... [+]

Programme Description

This course offers insight into key issues in the study of gender and conflict, interrogating Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security, including conflict-related sexual violence, while also analysing transnational feminist approaches beyond the resolutions. The course provides a focus for students interested in feminism and masculinity studies, sexuality and gender, alongside the tools to use gender analysis in the study of peacebuilding and peacekeeping, post-conflict initiatives, security and armed conflict.

The module uses interdisciplinary materials and research to examine the various dimensions of gender and conflict, in terms of the experiences of gendered subjects, as well as the legal and political frameworks that operate in conflict settings. Students will develop a nuanced understanding of various approaches to gender and sexuality and apply these to key issues across the spectrum of conflict. ... [-]

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July 2019
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This course critically explores the contemporary global digital economy with an emphasis on social impact startups as drivers for positive economic and social change. Sit ... [+]

Programme Description

This course critically explores the contemporary global digital economy with an emphasis on social impact startups as drivers for positive economic and social change. Situated at the Centre for Global Media and Communication in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at SOAS, it provides a unique combination of critical approaches to the emerging digital economy from the perspective of the Global South with practical hands-on knowledge of how to design and develop alternative business models for using digital technology for social change.

The course is structured around three parts. The first week explores the history of post-World War II digital economy and the emergence of the technology startup model as a driver for economic growth, the business and investment “ecosystem” associated with it, and its economic, political and social ramifications. It will draw on case studies from the global digital economy in themes such as big data, smart cities, e-health, mobile banking and AI. During the second week, students will engage with these academic and policy debates on the global digital economy to develop their own projects using digital technology for social good. During the final week, then, the students will, with the help of course convenors and mentors, develop business plans and presentations based on their critical ideas. This will culminate in a social impact incubator-style “pitch day” where students present their project ideas to a group of mock funders in order to get feedback and suggestions on their ideas and its sustainability in real-world situations.... [-]

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July 2019
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Peoples from all over the world today face multiple challenges in the 21st Century; Diplomacy is a key to addressing them. Whether it is Climate Change, resource and food ... [+]

Programme Description

Peoples from all over the world today face multiple challenges in the 21st Century; Diplomacy is a key to addressing them. Whether it is Climate Change, resource and food scarcity, WMD proliferation, disease epidemics, migration. Understanding Diplomacy - based on three key concepts as Communication, Representation and Negotiation - allows us to understand how these issues are addressed - who are the winners and who are the losers.

This summer school course offers students the opportunity to develop and enhance their skills in a professional setting, while engaging directly with practitioners. Taking advantage of London’s positioning as a hub of Diplomatic activity, students will engage with practising diplomats and have the opportunity to visit a number of London’s Diplomatic sites including Embassies and Foreign and Commonwealth Office.... [-]

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July 2019
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This course serves as an introduction to the politics of North Africa (Maghreb), the Arab East (Mashriq) including the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula, Israel, Turkey and ... [+]

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This course serves as an introduction to the politics of North Africa (Maghreb), the Arab East (Mashriq) including the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula, Israel, Turkey and Iran. It gives - on a country by county basis - an overview of the major political issues and developments in the region since the end of the First World War and addresses key themes in the study of contemporary Middle East politics, including: the role of the military, social and economic development, political Islam, and the recent uprisings (the 'Arab Spring').

Its aim is to develop the students' understanding of the major trends in the Middle East politics and their skills of political analysis through critical reading, lectures, presentations and informed discussion.... [-]

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1 month
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This course provides students with a basic understanding of international law, focusing on foundational structures that are necessary to engage with any international leg ... [+]

Programme Description

This course provides students with a basic understanding of international law, focusing on foundational structures that are necessary to engage with any international legal issue. In addition, students are introduced to a number of contemporary problems of world order that require the application of the foundational rules and structures to develop awareness of both the limitations and potential of international law as a tool for change.

Students will leave the course with the capacity to address international legal problems with confidence as well as awareness of specific contemporary issues and how international law is dealing with emergent and on-going concerns including the relationship between business and human rights; refugees; technology; feminism; and the use of force outside of the collective security structures. ... [-]

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July 2019
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The course will provide a critical understanding of key developments and issues in contemporary world politics for students with no prior background in international rela ... [+]

Programme Description

The course will provide a critical understanding of key developments and issues in contemporary world politics for students with no prior background in international relations. Focusing on the period since the end of the Cold War, an era defined by rapid institutional innovation and development, as well as a number of emergent global issues, problems and policy dilemmas, the course locates these in the context of north-south relations. Treating the international system as a dynamic whole, it examines how issues that have become central in international politics including ‘failed states’, nuclear proliferation, armed conflict and terrorism, democratisation, pandemics and the Arab Spring are intimately linked to expanding efforts since the mid-20th century to generate a liberal world order. In doing so it provides analysis of the roles played in contemporary world politics by leading members of the ‘international community’ such as the United States, the European Union, ‘rising’ non-western states China, India and Brazil, non-state actors such as NGOs, transnational corporations and armed groups, and international financial and other institutions. ... [-]

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July 2019
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3 weeks
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This course aims to provide participants with the theoretical knowledge and critical tools for understanding the rationale for, and the impact of, public financial manage ... [+]

Programme Description

This course aims to provide participants with the theoretical knowledge and critical tools for understanding the rationale for, and the impact of, public financial management policies on the economy in the context of austerity.

Since the 2008-9 financial crises, many countries of the world sought to adapt and deliver austerity measures in an effort to preserve the sustainability of public finances – with widely varying degrees of success. Followed by equally diverse fiscal policies that aimed to reinvigorate economic growth, the experience of the last decade offers powerful lessons as to the effectiveness of different approaches. Issues that will be discussed include the design of effective and sustainable public financial management systems, management of the ‘fiscal space’ of governments, development of public financial management capacity, the interplay with politics, and the role that international organisations like the IMF have in public financial management policies.... [-]

United Kingdom London
July 2019
Full-time
3 weeks
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SOAS Summer School

Learning a language enables you to communicate; it gives direct access to foreign-language sources. Learning a language opens up a world of possibilities for dialogue, un ... [+]

Programme Description

Learning a language enables you to communicate; it gives direct access to foreign-language sources. Learning a language opens up a world of possibilities for dialogue, understanding, personal development and careers: languages set you free.

Choose to learn Chinese Mandarin at level 1a (beginner) or level 1b (Advanced Beginner), or combine both levels over 4 weeks.

Chinese Level 1a (Beginner)

1 - 12 July 2019

This is a basic introductory language course in the written and spoken language for absolute beginners and is equivalent to the first term of Chinese language study at university. Students are not assumed to have any previous knowledge of the language or its script.... [-]

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July 2019
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SOAS Summer School

Learning a language enables you to communicate; it gives direct access to foreign-language sources. Learning a language opens up a world of possibilities for dialogue, un ... [+]

Programme Description

Learning a language enables you to communicate; it gives direct access to foreign-language sources. Learning a language opens up a world of possibilities for dialogue, understanding, personal development and careers: languages set you free.

Choose to learn Japanese at level 1a (beginner) or level 1b (Advanced Beginner), or combine both levels over 4 weeks.

Japanese Level 1a (Beginner)

1 - 12 July 2019

This is a basic introductory language course in the written and spoken language for absolute beginners and is equivalent to the first term of Japanese language study at university. Students are not assumed to have any previous knowledge of the language or its script.... [-]

United Kingdom London
July 2019
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2 weeks
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SOAS Summer School

This is a basic introductory language course in the written and spoken language for absolute beginners and is equivalent to the first term of Korean language study at uni ... [+]

Programme Description

Learning a language enables you to communicate; it gives direct access to foreign-language sources. Learning a language opens up a world of possibilities for dialogue, understanding, personal development and careers: languages set you free.

Korean Level 1a (Beginner)

1 - 12 July 2019

This is a basic introductory language course in the written and spoken language for absolute beginners and is equivalent to the first term of Korean language study at university. Students are not assumed to have any previous knowledge of the language or its script.

The course covers several basic constructions of the language, enabling students to acquire basic skills in reading, writing, comprehension and speaking. Successful students will gain the ability to read and write short simple texts and communicate on simple everyday topics. Emphasis will be placed on good pronunciation and the social and linguistic conventions of everyday conversation.... [-]

United Kingdom London
July 2019
Full-time
2 weeks
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SOAS Summer School

From Donald Trump to Brexit to Jair Bolsonaro to Matteo Salvini to Narendra Modi to Viktor Orbán, right-wing populism seems to be advancing relentlessly around the world. ... [+]

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From Donald Trump to Brexit to Jair Bolsonaro to Matteo Salvini to Narendra Modi to Viktor Orbán, right-wing populism seems to be advancing relentlessly around the world. Meanwhile, already-existing authoritarian leaders like Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin are tightening their grip. Protest movements have emerged in Brazil, France, India and elsewhere, from left and right, united by their loss of faith in conventional (‘neoliberal’) democracy.

Have the things we have been taught to take for granted failed? Will all societies eventually become liberal democracies, are wars, domestic strife and authoritarian governments really things of the past, will capitalism endure indefinitely and is globalisation unstoppable? Why are so many societies buckling under pressure? What role do inequality, exploitation and environmental devastation play in this malaise? Why does immigration feature so prominently in populist campaigns? Why are so many young people cynical about democracy? What role does social media play in these social conflicts? Could conventional wars become a regular feature in the international system? What utopias move the world today? And – if democracies falter, what will replace them?... [-]

United Kingdom London
July 2019
Full-time
3 weeks
Campus
SOAS Summer School

This course examines the rapid developments in cinematic content in Asia in the representation of diverse sexualities and genders. The course will draw on mainstream film ... [+]

Programme Description

This course examines the rapid developments in cinematic content in Asia in the representation of diverse sexualities and genders. The course will draw on mainstream film, independent film, mixed media and web series to investigate the complex issues at stake in discussing the notion of queer cinema in Asia. Film examples watched during the course will all come from across Asia, while secondary sources, both theoretical and examples of film analysis, will draw on Asian and Western contexts. While knowledge of one or more Asian languages is, of course, useful, it is by no means essential, and all key films will be subtitled. Any unsubtitled clips screened during lectures will be accompanied by detailed viewing notes.... [-]

United Kingdom London
July 2019
Full-time
3 weeks
Campus
SOAS Summer School

Ever wondered how to begin a project? What does 'Research' mean? Or Simply how to turn a good idea into a well-formed report? Whatever the predicament, at whatever the le ... [+]

Programme Description

Ever wondered how to begin a project? What does 'Research' mean? Or Simply how to turn a good idea into a well-formed report? Whatever the predicament, at whatever the level, in both academic and professional settings, the Research Awareness: Design and Methodology summer school provides a unique opportunity to develop and hone your ability to conceptualise and develop your research skills.

We will tackle what it means to be a researcher from the ground up, starting with the fundamental building blocks of what constitutes 'research', how to go about it well and what pitfalls to avoid.

Your course leader is Dr J Simon Rofe, co-instructor of the biggest Research Methodology course globally through a Coursera MOOC, and for this summer school course, he is joined by fellow SOAS scholar Dr Ashley Cox. Together they will curate an exciting approach drawing upon the latest academic practice in learning and research design, and SOAS's wonderful local resources in the shape of the British Library, the British Museum, the Welcome Trust and Crick Institute.... [-]

United Kingdom London
July 2019
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3 weeks
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SOAS Summer School

This course introduces students to the role of finance in the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy. Mitigating and adapting to climate change while simultaneou ... [+]

Programme Description

This course introduces students to the role of finance in the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy. Mitigating and adapting to climate change while simultaneously realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires the deployment of large amounts of capital – capital which isn’t currently provided in sufficient amounts. Moreover, climate change poses a significant risk to economies and financial systems alike. At the same time, there are substantial opportunities in financing the green transformation and in aligning investments and finance with environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.

The course enables students to understand and apply key concepts in climate and sustainable finance, the role of climate and other environmental risks in creating potential financial risks in banking and capital markets, and the role of financial actors in driving a global transition and aligning capital markets with climate and sustainability goals.... [-]

United Kingdom London
July 2019
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3 weeks
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SOAS Summer School

This course aims to place the modern Middle East in its international context, exploring histories of empire and decolonisation, hegemony and resistance, conflict and coo ... [+]

Programme Description

This course aims to place the modern Middle East in its international context, exploring histories of empire and decolonisation, hegemony and resistance, conflict and cooperation, as well as identity and foreign policy. It is informed by a rigorous engagement with theories of international relations. The course begins with an exploration of the different historical phases of interaction between Middle East states and the international system. These are divided into the colonial, Cold War and post-Cold War periods.

Lectures will cover the early settler colonies, Britain’s informal empire in the Gulf, and the Anglo-French mandates, as well as the rise of Turkey and Israel, and the challenge represented by the pan-Arabist revolutionary states, followed by a discussion of the Middle East’s place in the post-Cold War unipolar era. Each of these phases is discussed in tandem with relevant influential paradigms and concepts of international relations theory used to study the Middle East in its international context. Attention is paid to the question of the features of a regional sub-system, as well as the subfield of foreign policy analysis in international relations. The second section of the course tackles key themes in international relations, such as transnationalism, migration, oil, globalisation and identity. The final section of the course considers conflict and cooperation. This will involve analysis of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Arabism and Islamism, and the foreign policy-making and key actors of regional powers.... [-]

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19 days
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This course provides a critical introduction to the history, nature and impact of social protest and social movements, the politics of neoliberal development and rise of ... [+]

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This course provides a critical introduction to the history, nature and impact of social protest and social movements, the politics of neoliberal development and rise of NGOs into a global industry. It analyses how social movements and NGOs have interacted and influenced each other, and how they have globalised. It questions the notion of development as economic growth, assesses the critiques against NGOs as alternatives to state-led development models, considers the concept and the use of humanitarian intervention in diverse contexts, discusses the role of labour and labour organising alongside social movements and explores the extent to which movements are posing a challenge to neoliberal and capitalist development. Finally, it examines both the theoretical basis for social movement and NGO strategies for social change as well as their practical implications, and draws on a number of case studies, exploring what kind of development and social change is possible.... [-]

United Kingdom London
July 2019
Full-time
3 weeks
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SOAS Summer School

This course provides participants with an overall understanding of the history, politics and culture of Africa. With a diverse range of sessions, from History, Pan-Africa ... [+]

Programme Description

This course provides participants with an overall understanding of the history, politics and culture of Africa. With a diverse range of sessions, from History, Pan-Africanism and Politics to Languages, Migration, and Music, the course gives an in-depth knowledge of the main academic areas of study regarding Africa. The course comprises a combination of lectures and interactive workshops, as well as museum visits and social events.

This is a great opportunity given the prominence that Africa as a continent has gained over the past few years and the vision of Africa Rising, a continent with many job and investment opportunities. Also, within the Arts, we have seen an incredible rise in the presence of African artists in the international art circles which has been extremely stimulating and refreshing for an understanding of arts and cultures.... [-]

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July 2019
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3 weeks
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SOAS Summer School

This course is designed for individuals seeking to understand the reasons for the various international interventions in the Middle East since 1979 outside of the Israeli ... [+]

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This course is designed for individuals seeking to understand the reasons for the various international interventions in the Middle East since 1979 outside of the Israeli-Arab angle and what the impact of these interventions have been for local populations, societies, and states. This course examines the role of violence and warfare in the shaping of the Middle East, mainly in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Iran since 1979, emphasizing the impact of American and British interventions. The course explores the factors that led to intervention in the region and what the consequences have been for the regional and national politics and social history within the region. Although American and British foreign policymaking will figure prominently in our analysis, we will devote attention as well to why domestic regimes and groups took the paths that it did.... [-]

United Kingdom London
July 2019
Full-time
3 weeks
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