Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity

This programme explores debates on 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality. It explores connections between histories of empire and contemporary social formations and inequalities in the UK, and considers how local debates on 'race' and racism are shaped by the global geopolitics of the twenty-first century. The programme explores debates on empire and the formation of modern Britain and contemporary transnational political communities, social identities and urban cultures. The MA aims to draw connections between interlocking colonial histories across the globe and our ordinary, local, everyday life here in contemporary Britain. The programme focuses on subjects such as histories of colonisation, systems of slavery, the concept of 'race' and the invention of 'the West'; colonial cultures, class, nationalisms, 'respectability' and the invention of 'whiteness'; histories of criminalisation and imprisonment; human rights; 'the war on terror'; diaspora, place and belonging; psychoanalysis and 'race', 'hybridity', 'mixedness', 'whiteness', 'race' and 'beauty' and 'race', gender, sexuality and desire. It offers the opportunity to study a wide range of different subjects in this broad multidisciplinary area.

Course modules

Core modules: 'Race', Racism, Postcoloniality; Culture, Community, Identity . Option modules: A Confusion of Tongues: Illness, Language, Writing; After the Ottoman Empire; Cultural History of War in Britain and America between the First World War and the Conflict in Vietnam; Cultures of Human Rights; Education, Globalisation and Change; Education, Power and Resistances; Empires in Modern East Asia; Environment and Policy; Futures: The Globalization of Human Rights; Gender and Development; International Asylum and Refugee Law (Postgraduate); International Political Economy of Childhood; Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Practice; Latin American Cinemas; Material and Visual Cultures of Development; Men and Masculinities in Contemporary East Asia; Migration and Refugees; Museums, Memory and National Identity; Perspectives on Japanese Cinema; Religion in Society and Politics: Britain and Ireland, 1801-2001; Shared traumas: France and Algeria since 1830; Technology, Modernity and the Nation: Britain and Germany, 1880 to 1930; The Ottoman Empire; The Two Irelands 1911-1998; Theorising Gender; Visual Culture: Power and the Image; Voluntary and Community Sectors in the UK; War, Conflict and Development; Western Images of China and Japan .

Assessment methods

One 4000-word essay per core module. Assessment for option modules varies.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 8,175 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 8,175 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 8,175 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 8,175 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2018 GBP 9,925 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2018 GBP 5,450 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (International) 9 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 GBP 2,725 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 9 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

Get in touch

Remember to mention TARGETpostgrad when contacting universities.

Key information

Contact: 
Department of Psychosocial Studies
Telephone number: 
02030738045