Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

The world is witnessing today an unprecedented shift in global geopolitics; the emergence of China and India as global players, the development global governance, the financial meltdown, these are all symptoms of this shift; the programme is conceived in the context of this world'systemic transformation; it provides students with the analytical tools necessary for understanding this transformation through an encounter with post'colonial theory and global policy issues; starting with founding figures like Fanon, Said, Bhabha and Spivak, students encounter philosophers like Arendt, Negri, Agamben, Derrida and Deleuze, and non'Western thinkers like Mbembe, Enwezor, Chakrabarty and others; students gain a substantial grasp of concepts like race, diaspora, hybridity, non'governemnt organisations (NGOs) and grassroots development, human rights and the critique of neo'liberalism on a world scale; these concepts are used to analyse practical, policy and activist issues arising from the current phase of globalisation: global civil society, role of international organisations, intellectual property rights, social capital, financialisation, global governance and democracy; students deal with issues like terrorism, microfinance and environmental justice; supervised and assessed practical placement is integral to the programme; this may be with NGOs in India or Africa, arts organisations in China, or with London'based global NGOs or diasporic community, arts or publishing organisations; students are taught by leading theorists and visiting lecturers drawn from a wide circle of activists, artists, film'makers, lawyers, journalists and policy'makers; the course is ideal for those pursuing careers in policy research, NGOs, advocacy, charities, international organisations, cultural activism, global media, art and curating, as well as for further academic work leading to a doctorate.

Course Additional Entry

1st degree of at least 2nd Class standard in a relevant discipline; graduates in an unrelated field considered subject to qualifying examination; non'native speakers of English need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £12,300 ???abroad???
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £5,860 ???home???
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate)