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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Birkbeck, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    04-OCT-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The innovative, interdisciplinary MA Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity stretches across the social sciences and arts and humanities and explores:

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. It focuses 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'; 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 and diaspora; 'race' and 'beauty'; contemporary racial nationalisms and religious authoritarian movements; 'The War on Terror'; and 'race', gender, sexuality and desire.

HIGHLIGHTS

This transdisciplinary postgraduate programme 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.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates include youth and community workers and workers for organisations and charities who are concerned with 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.

There are currently several graduates undertaking doctoral research in this subject area.

We offer a comprehensive Careers Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

Tuition fees

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£ 16,020per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Birkbeck, University of London

  • Campus address

    Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, United Kingdom, WC1E 7HX, England

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