United Kingdom, London

Understanding South Asia

when 4 July 2016 - 22 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1450

This introductory course provides students with a background understanding of the South Asian sub-continent. Structured around sessions covering topics from history and politics to languages, film and music, the course provides an in-depth knowledge of the main academic areas of study of this vast and diverse region.

The course is delivered through a combination of lectures and interactive workshops, as well as museum visits, musical performances, and social events. This is a great opportunity to explore the significance of South Asia, given the prominence that the region has in terms of jobs, investments, and future study opportunities.

Course leader

Dr Navtej K Purewal

Target group

Current students, professionals + leisure learners

Course aim

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

Have an overall understanding of the diversity of South Asian cultures and societies
Ability to select and develop deeper understanding of specific area of interest
Identify new areas of engagement for career or future study paths

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
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.

Fee info

GBP 1450: Tuition
A tuition fee of £1450 will be charged per 3-week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.

Application fee
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £60 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.

An early bird discount of 10% is available if fees are paid by 31 March 2016.
15% discount for SOAS Alumni or if you take a combination of sessions 2 and 3.
20% discount for current SOAS students and our partner institutions.
Other discounts are available for groups, please contact us for further information.

Accommodation is available at an extra fee of £700 for 20 nights. For more details of how to reserve a room please our accommodation page.


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