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Ethnology Cultural Studies Social Psychology
This innovative, interdisciplinary culture, diaspora, ethnicity course stretches across the social sciences and arts and humanities. It offers 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 course 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 other 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.
We offer this course as a Master’s, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate. For the Diploma and Certificate you study fewer modules and do not complete a dissertation.
The Postgraduate Diploma enables you to progress to, and complete, the MA Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity if you wish. The Postgraduate Certificate allows you to progress to and complete the Postgraduate Diploma or MA Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity.
For this course (per year)
For this course (per year)
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.
Birkbeck, University of London is a university which continues to change lives. In 2023 the institution marks its 200th anniversary. Established in 1823, Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, well known for being London’s premier evening university. Most classes take place in the evening, and this makes Birkbeck stand out from the crowd. Students have the freedom to use their daytimes however they like – a benefit that has...more