Taught course

Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Psychosocial Studies
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

Good degree in social sciences or humanities.

Recent professional qualifications, relevant work/practical experience, or a lively interest in the subject area will also be considered.

Months of entry

October

Course content

This interdisciplinary programme stretches across the social sciences and arts and humanities and explores:

  • debates on 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality; empire and the formation of modern Britain and contemporary transnational political communities, social identities and urban cultures
  • the connections between histories of colonisation and contemporary social formations and inequalities in the UK
  • how local debates on 'race' and racism are shaped by the global geopolitics of the twenty-first century.

The programme explores connections between interlocking colonial histories across the globe and our ordinary, local, everyday life here in contemporary Britain. It focuses on a broad range of subjects such as histories of colonisation, systems of slavery, the concept of 'race' and the invention of 'the West'; colonial cultures, nationalisms, 'respectability' and the invention of 'whiteness'; racial theory and histories of criminalisation; histories of anti-racist and anti-fascist resistance; postcoloniality; theorising culture, community, hybridity and creolisation; postcolonial belonging, place, urban cultures and diaspora; 'race' and 'beauty'; contemporary racial nationalisms, religious revivalisms and 'the war on terror'; 'whiteness' and 'race', gender, sexuality and desire.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44(0) 20 3907 0700