Taught course

Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Psychosocial Studies
Qualifications
MAPGDipPGCert

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Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in social sciences or humanities.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience, or a lively interest in the subject area, will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The innovative, interdisciplinary MA/PgDip/PgCert Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity stretches across the social sciences and arts and humanities. It gives you the opportunity to explore:

  • histories and cartographies of 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality; empire and the formation of modern Britain and contemporary transnational political communities, social identities and urban cultures
  • 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 examines connections between interlocking colonial histories across the globe and our ordinary, local, everyday life here in contemporary Britain. We focus on a broad range of subjects such as histories of colonisation, systems of slavery, indenture and other forms of colonial labour; histories of the concept of 'race' and systems of categorisation; colonial cultures, nationalisms, 'respectability' and the invention of 'whiteness'; histories of criminalisation and policing and anti-racist and anti-fascist resistance; theorising culture, community, hybridity and creolisation; postcolonial belonging and diaspora; 'race' and 'beauty'; contemporary racial nationalisms and religious authoritarian movements; and 'race' gender, sexuality and desire.

Highlights
  • This transdisciplinary postgraduate course draws from ancient world studies, medieval and colonial history, postcolonial and decolonial sociology and anthropology, cultural, urban, literary and psychosocial studies, philosophy and law. It will introduce you to significant historical and political debates and theoretical perspectives in the broad multidisciplinary area of 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality.
  • Through our formal link with the University of São Paulo, Brazil, you can undertake an option module at the University of São Paulo as part of your programme of study at Birkbeck.
  • You will become part of a vibrant, stimulating and diverse intellectual environment, with access to the Race Forum at Birkbeck, research centres including the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Centre for Law and the Humanities and Centre for Media and Culture and Creative Practice, and the theories of racism and postcolonial and decolonial thought, medicine, ‘race’ and empire and psychoanalysis and colonialism reading groups.
  • Birkbeck Library has an extensive teaching collection of books, journals and learning resources in relevant disciplines. You will also be able to use the rich research resources nearby including Senate House Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science (the LSE Library), the SOAS Library and the British Library.
  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.
  • If you are taking this course part time, you may be eligible for a Bonnart Trust Master’s Studentship which will cover the cost of your tuition fees. You must have received an offer of a place on the course by 31 May 2022 to apply.

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.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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