Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London

Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Sponsorship information

AHRC; Al�an


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 5,860 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Goldsmiths, University of London Lewisham SE14 6NW South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
020 7078 5300