In September 2013, the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS, University of London will start a new MSc in Comparative Political Thought, the first programme in the UK devoted to this field of study. The degree builds upon the School’s wealth of regional and linguistic expertise to offer a comprehensive and cross-regional approach to comparative political thought. The SOAS MSc programme will introduce students to key approaches, debates, and questions in the comparative study of ideas. By reframing the study of political ideas in Asia, Africa and the Middle East to the analysis of both texts and practices, this programme will develop a new approach to the comparative study of political thinking. The SOAS Masters programme combines a unique range of core and optional courses. Students will acquire the disciplinary skills and regional knowledge needed to understand ideas in context in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and will develop the methodological tools to appreciate how concepts relate to political action. By bringing such ideas and concepts into conversation with the Western political theoretic canon, this approach seeks to revise the way in which political theory itself is understood. The MSc in Comparative Political Thought will prepare students to undertake further advanced research in political theory, as well as in Islamic, Indian, African, Chinese and other political ideas. It will also equip students with transferrable skills suitable for employment in multicultural and international contexts.
Further information and application procedures are available at http://www.soas.ac.uk/politics/