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Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity Postgraduate Diploma

Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity Postgraduate Diploma

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Full time | Main Site | 1 year | OCT

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

OCT

Key information
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Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Ethnology Cultural Studies Social Psychology

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

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, indenture and other forms of colonial labour, the concept of 'race' and the invention of 'the West'; colonial cultures, nationalisms, 'respectability' and the invention of 'whiteness'; histories of criminalisation; histories of anti-racist and anti-fascist resistance; theorising culture, community, hybridity and creolisation; postcolonial belonging, place, urban cultures and diaspora; 'race' and 'beauty'; contemporary racial nationalisms and religious authoritarian movements; 'The War on Terror'; 'whiteness' and 'race', gender, sexuality and desire.

The Postgraduate Diploma allows you to explore your interests in these subject areas and enables you to progress to, and complete, the MA Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity if you wish.

TEACHING

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates include youth and community workers and workers for organisations and charities whose concerns include criminalisation and policing, domestic violence, refugees and asylum, human rights, homelessness, imprisonment and addiction. They also include barristers and solicitors, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and psychiatrists, lecturers and social researchers in the areas of sociology, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, urban studies and social policy, teachers, film-makers, activists, curators, architects, novelists, poets, musicians, journalists and those working in the arts and cultural industries.

Modules

This interdisciplinary module draws from the neighbouring disciplines of history, postcolonial and decolonial sociology and anthropology, cultural, urban, literary and psychosocial studies, philosophy and law and explores postcolonial cultures, communities and identities. The module is framed by debates on British sovereignty, austerity, urban displacement and the persistent criminalisation of minoritised communities. It discusses the ethics and politics of work on 'race' and postcoloniality; orientalism, primitivism and nationalism, theorising 'culture', 'community', hybridity and creolisation. It then explores discussions on postcolonial belonging, urban cultures and diaspora, contemporary global multiculture, 'race' and ?beauty?. The module turns to debates on the imperial histories of 'western feminisms', 'homonationalism' and the ?War on Terror?; postcolonial racial nationalisms and religious authoritarian movements; reproductive justice and criminalisation, policing and community resistance. It concludes by exploring work on 'whiteness' and postcoloniality.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£5,760

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£10,480

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A second-class honours 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.

University information

With a history that dates back 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London is unique in that it delivers its near-300 postgraduate courses in the evenings, enabling students to work or focus on other commitments during the day. Courses can be studied full-time or part-time and some can be studied through distance learning. Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research universities and provides its 700 postgraduate research student with a...more

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