Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

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

* 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.

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.

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.

Start Date:

One evening a week.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,640 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,640 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £15,720 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £4,320 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £4,320 European Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £7,860 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic 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.
  • International entry requirements: Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification. 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 not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. Some courses may require higher scores, particularly in the following subject areas: arts management cultural studies development studies film and media geography history law organizational psychology psychology.