The Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity (Part-Time) programme at Birkbeck, University of London considers the connections between histories of colonisation and contemporary social formations and inequalities in the UK and how local debates on 'race' and racism are shaped by the global geopolitics of the twenty-first century.
The programme discusses 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, the concept of 'race' and the invention of 'the West'; colonial cultures, nationalisms, 'respectability' and the invention of 'whiteness'; racial theory and histories of criminalisation; histories of anti-racist and anti-fascist resistance; postcoloniality; theorising culture, community, hybridity and creolisation; postcolonial belonging, place, urban cultures and diaspora; contemporary racial nationalisms, religious revivalisms and 'the war on terror'; 'race' and 'beauty'; 'whiteness' and 'race', gender, sexuality and desire.
The Postgraduate Certificate is a part-time evening study programme that allows you to explore these subject areas and progress to and complete the Postgraduate Diploma or MA Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity.
- The programme enables students from all backgrounds to pursue their own particular interests. It draws from postcolonial sociology and anthropology, history, cultural, urban, literary and psychosocial studies, philosophy and law and introduces you to different historical and political debates and theoretical perspectives in the broad multidisciplinary area of 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality.
- Through our formal link with the University of São Paulo, Brazil, you can undertake an option module at the University of São Paulo as part of your programme of study at Birkbeck.
- You will become part of a vibrant, stimulating and diverse intellectual environment, with access to our Race Forum, research centres including the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck Law School Centre for Law and the Humanities and the Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practice, and reading groups such as the Postcolonial Studies Reading Group.
- Birkbeck Library has an extensive teaching collection of books, journals and learning resources in sociology, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, psychosocial studies and related disciplines. You will also be able to use the rich research resources nearby including Senate House Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science (the LSE Library), the SOAS Library and the British Library.
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.
Careers and Employability
Graduates include youth and community workers and workers for organisations and charities whose concerns include 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.
- 'Race', Racism, Postcoloniality
- Culture, Community, Identity
- A Confusion of Tongues: Illness, Language, Writing
- Aesthetics and Cultural Theory
- Contemporary US Fiction
- Freud in the world: psychoanalysis, literary writing and the legacies of history
- Magic, Science and Religion in the Renaissance
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.
DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Ethnic Studies View 73 other Masters in Ethnic Studies in United Kingdom
A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in social sciences or humanities.
- Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience, or a lively interest in the subject area, will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
International5340 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5340 GBP per year during 24 months.
National2940 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2940 GBP per year during 24 months.
Living costs for London
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