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The School of Oriental and African Studies 4.0 / 27 reviews
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155901231-A13/14
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One of the best organised courses from the Chinese departement I have experienced at SOAS. The structure and content of the course make it very enjoyable. It is a combinations of both Chinese and English texts, along with lectures and translation classes. I feel like the class made me learn a lot about modern Chinese history despite the fact I never took any history class as such.

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153400083-A14/15
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I would recommend this course to others. It is part of the international relations department. It offers a good balance between economics and politics as well as theory and practical issues. It revises several approaches, which offers great intellectual stimuli. It then applies the theory to relevant contemporary issues. It has helped me complement my knowledge of economics by bringing analysis of related political issues. It is assessed through a combination of essays, presentations and exam.

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151801001-A13/14
Anonymous

Introduction to Social Anthropology provides a foundation to the study itself and therefore is the most interesting module in 1st year and the most necessary. It has a balance of general topics in the first term and more theory in the second which makes it a lot easier to get through. The topics at the start include things like Kinship, Gender, Race, Colonialism, Gift giving/trade which are all taught in a way to provide you with new, relevant information which not only is applicable to society but also your own life. The theory is also presented in a more interesting way with comparisons and exploration into the lives of previous anthropologists who played a key role in the development of the profession. There is also a good balance of documentary watching, reading, discussion and teaching. The lecturers are excellent - very engaging, passionate about their subject and always willing to share personal experiences with the class. They put 100% into their teaching and never just go through a powerpoint, however find ways to engage the class and encourage participation.

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155200032-A13/14
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This was a really good module, in terms of the content. I had two different lecturers. Both of my lecturers were very friendly, experts in their field and genuinely approachable. Although I think the lecturer who taught the second half of my module wasn't great at teaching. It was hard to follow the classes as it had no clear structure, it was more discussion led. Sometimes the class went off tangent from what we had prepared for the class. This might not be a problem for some people, but for me personally, I learn best from having a clear objective and structure to the class. This was lacking in our classes.

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151040012-A13/14
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The contents of this module are very interesting as it provides us with views from different perspectives. The structure of the module is clear allowing students to be aware of what is happening in the module. the module is pretty complex but this is what makes it more interesting as it covers a wide range of locations. the teaching is good as it consists of many discussions and debates rather than a constructive right or wrong answer. I enjoy the module the most as I have particular interest in studying laws of Asia and Africa. The module has an essay and an exam like many other modules.

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Content and Structure

The content of the course is unparalleled. Students can take comparative law modules such as 'Chinese Law' and 'Law and Society in South Asia', alongside the core legal modules required by the Law Society. By virtue of SOAS being part of the University of London colleges, I also got the opportunity to take an intercollegiate module at Kings College London which was a great experience. The structure of the course was made clear to us at the beginning of the course as we were given a module outline. This was a very helpful 'roadmap' of how the topics in each module were linked together. Although, in some modules, we weren't given a module outline until much later, or some of the module outlines weren't that clear (at least to me anyway).

Teaching Quality

The teaching quality is varied. Some of my lecturers were excellent and always ready to help. Others, not so much... I felt that some of the lecturers were unapproachable. I had one replacement tutor, a PhD student, who was downright rude. On the whole, I think teaching could be better.

Learning Resources

Learning resources are generally adequate. I loved the SOAS library, especially Level B. In the library there also rooms for group study which is helpful for studying with friends. There were times of the day where I couldn't get a computer, although this happened only on a number of occasions.

Assessments, Feedback & Academic Support

The quality of feedback is dependent on what lecturer I have. There are some lecturers who don't give sufficient feedback on assignments so that you have to arrange an appointment with them. Students are always welcome to arrange appointments with lecturers to discuss their feedback further, but sometimes it would save a lot of time if we were given adequate feedback in the first place so that we don't have to waste our study time and the lecturer's time in arranging a further appointment.

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Studying law at SOAS is enjoyable. The best parts of studying here are the content of the modules and it was one of the main things that drew me to SOAS. It's a shame they aren't taught in a better way though.

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My degree is different from other university as it does not only consist of English Common law but also Asia and Africa allowing from greater knowledge outside the English legal system. The readings we get are very interesting and really help us to understand other areas of law which are not just about being a part of a law firm and BAR but also about researchers of law.

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The workload for a BA in Japanese at SOAS is too much when you compare it to other Japanese degree programmes at other UK universities. This presents a problem because graduates of other Uk universities can achieve higher classifications due to the relaxed workloads. 

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The BSc Economics is a fantastic introduction to the world of Economics.The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is a very unique institution.The degree leans towards heterodox economics. It combines the standard modules in Macro Micro and econometrics with very interesting modules on the economics of developing countries. There are plenty of opportunities to specialise in a specific geographic area on in specific topic areas. New courses are added every year and this allows to diversify the curriculum according to everyone interests.The teacher are always well prepared. Many of them had direct work experience in developing countries so they are passionate about what they teach.The assignments are always interesting because students are encouraged to think critically. 

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South and Southeast Asia was the region that I was least interested in among regions in the world, so I didn't love the lecture but the quality of the module was excellent. Visit to museums and galleries with the teaching staff were accompanied to actually see the objects mentioned in the lectures and most of the students were very happy with it.There should be a more set structure with the lectures and assessments, however this will improve after time as many of the lecturers were new to the university and they need to adapt to the environment/different style of teaching in the UK.

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