SOAS Summer School

Introduction

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.

Summer School Key Facts

Application Deadline: 25 May 2018

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

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Summer courses

Capitalism, Crisis and the Neoliberal State

Campus Full time 19 days July 2019 United Kingdom London

The course is organised into three parts. First, we will unmask how the current neoliberal period can be understood in relation to the long history of capitalism, before exploring analytical models on the connections between the state and the market. Second, we will interrogate key themes for understanding policy practices linked to neoliberalism, including the growth of the financial industry, global trade, and international development. Third, all these debates come together to explore forms of advocacy against neoliberalism, including attention to imperialism, austerity, authoritarianism, and potential future alternatives within and beyond the capitalist system. In addition to classroom-based teaching and debate, the course features additional social activity, including a field trip to the City of London and relevant film screenings. [+]

Programme Description

Financial crises. Trade wars. World poverty. Austerity politics. Right-wing populism. Resistance, revolutions and social change. All these complex issues – which profoundly shape the lives of nations and individuals – are tied in some way to how the global capitalist system is politically organised. This course offers the tools to question who gains and who loses and how to better understand the politics of the world economy. Based on literature within the larger field of political economy, the course examines the crucial structures, processes, and outcomes in the recent struggles over neoliberal capitalism.

The course is organised into three parts. First, we will unmask how the current neoliberal period can be understood in relation to the long history of capitalism, before exploring analytical models on the connections between the state and the market. Second, we will interrogate key themes for understanding policy practices linked to neoliberalism, including the growth of the financial industry, global trade, and international development. Third, all these debates come together to explore forms of advocacy against neoliberalism, including attention to imperialism, austerity, authoritarianism, and potential future alternatives within and beyond the capitalist system. In addition to classroom-based teaching and debate, the course features additional social activity, including a field trip to the City of London and relevant film screenings.... [-]


Development and Conflict

Campus Full time 19 days July 2019 United Kingdom London

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 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,’ and how violent conflict may create great wealth for some while causing devastation for many more. [+]

Programme Description

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 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,’ and how violent conflict may create great wealth for some while causing devastation for many more.

The course is divided into three parts: First, we will explore the core concepts of conflict, development and violence and introduce several basic approaches to analysing conflict: in terms of rational choice, political economy, and more anthropological approaches that foreground the meanings and social embeddedness of violence. Second, we will explore and critically probe a range of explanations for the causes and consequences of violent conflict, focusing on explanations framed in terms of natural resources and environmental scarcity and in terms of ethnic or religious identities and the impacts in terms of displacement and humanitarian crises, and the effect of violent conflict on non-war, ‘criminal’ violence. Finally, we will consider the role of external interveners in alleviating and exacerbating conflict, focusing on the challenges of externally-led post-conflict reconstruction, the role of the global arms trade and international political and economic institutions more broadly in shaping conflicts, and how the war on terror articulates with the conflicts and approaches to analysing them that we have been studying.... [-]


Finance and Risk Management

Campus Full time 19 days July 2019 United Kingdom London

The course teaches the main methods used by firms to manage risks and their applications in the global economy. [+]

Programme Description

The course teaches the main methods used by firms to manage risks and their applications in the global economy. It introduces financial markets and the principles of risk management and explains how to evaluate to apply the main risk management tools. The course looks at the use of financial derivatives for hedging and speculation in financial markets. It also addresses the potential pitfalls of risk management and discusses how an inappropriate use of risk management tools might have exacerbated the recent financial crisis.

Credits

Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 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.... [-]


Gender, Conflict and the Middle East

Campus Full time 19 days July 2019 United Kingdom London

This course offers insight into key issues in the study of gender and conflict in the Middle East. [+]

Programme Description

This course offers insight into key issues in the study of gender, state and violence in the Middle East. The course provides a focus for students interested in feminism and masculinity studies, sexuality and gender, while also offering a gendered approach to the study of state-building and violence in the Middle East. Through lectures, readings, discussions and activities, the course will introduce key issues in relation to the gendered dynamics of participation, the legal responses to women and men, peace and security and nature of gendered insecurities, but will also cover other relevant issues such as representation, knowledge production and artistic productions. In highlighting important issues in the study of gender, state and violence in the Middle East, the course aims to challenge prevailing stereotypes about gender and its constructions of masculinities and femininities in the region, while fostering critical reflection via the use of multimedia, in-depth case studies and cross-disciplinary materials.... [-]


International Law: Contemporary Issues

Campus Full time 19 days July 2019 United Kingdom London

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. [+]

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. Students are introduced to three sub-disciplines within international law: international humanitarian law of armed conflict, international criminal law and international economic law. Through the study of these three areas of international law students are introduced to a range of contemporary issues that require the application of the foundation 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 capacity to address international legal problems with confidence as well as awareness of specific contemporary issues and how international law is dealing with three specific emergent and on-going concerns: the environment, technology (in particular the use of drones and the development of Lethally Armed Weapon systems) and the use of force outside of the collective security structures.... [-]


International Relations in the 21st Century

Campus Full time 19 days July 2019 United Kingdom London

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. [+]

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.... [-]


Migration and Diaspora

Campus Full time 19 days July 2019 United Kingdom London

The course aims to help participants: develop a broad understanding of the place of migration and diaspora communities in the modern world; acquire the ability to draw on case studies from the literature to help understand contemporary migration issues; be equipped to use practical examples to illustrate theoretical perspectives. [+]

Programme Description

Migration is one of the most controversial issues in the current political landscape. The causes, costs and consequences of contemporary mass migration are often fiercely contested and frequently divide public opinion. This course takes a multidisciplinary approach to provide participants with a broad understanding of current migration flows, providing both historical perspective and contemporary context. Taught by academics from SOAS who specialise in migration and diaspora studies, in partnership with diaspora professionals AFFORD, the course grounds participants in an understanding of the wider structures of contemporary migration, as well providing practical examples and case studies that help bring into focus migrants, their motivations and their impact on societies and cultures.... [-]


NGOs and Social Movements: The Politics of Protest and Change

Campus Full time 19 days July 2019 United Kingdom London

This course provides a critical introduction to NGOs, the nature and impact of social protest, how they have interacted and influenced each other, and how they have globalised. It questions the perception that NGOs offer an alternative to state-led or top-down development models, considers the concept and the use of humanitarian intervention in diverse contexts and explores the extent to which social movements are posing a challenge to neoliberalism. It examines both the theoretical basis for NGO and social movement strategies for social change as well as their practical implications, and draws on a number of case studies, exploring what kind of development and change is possible. [+]

Programme Description

The rise of NGOs into a veritable global industry has been matched by a diversification in the types of roles NGOs play in society. In addition to delivering relief and promoting social and economic development, NGOs have increasingly taken part in broader governance, democratisation and peacebuilding efforts.

This course provides a critical introduction to NGOs, the nature and impact of social protest, how they have interacted and influenced each other, and how they have globalised. It questions the perception that NGOs offer an alternative to state-led or top-down development models, considers the concept and the use of humanitarian intervention in diverse contexts and explores the extent to which social movements are posing a challenge to neoliberalism. It examines both the theoretical basis for NGO and social movement strategies for social change as well as their practical implications, and draws on a number of case studies, exploring what kind of development and change is possible.... [-]


Public Financial Management

Campus Full time 19 days July 2019 United Kingdom London

The effective management of public finances is a fundamental function for every government and public sector organisation. [+]

Programme Description

The effective management of public finances is a fundamental function of 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. In tutorials, students will be required to present assigned tasks and discuss case studies of public financial management drawing from a variety of countries from all over the world.... [-]


The Middle East in Global Politics

Campus Full time 19 days July 2019 United Kingdom London

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. [+]

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.... [-]


Understanding Africa

Campus Full time 19 days July 2019 United Kingdom London

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

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 and Politics to Languages and Music, the course gives an in-depth knowledge of the main academic areas of study within 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.... [-]


Contact

SOAS University of London

Address SOAS University of London 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
London, England, United Kingdom
Website https://www.soas.ac.uk/summerschool/
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