Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity (Postgraduate Diploma)

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

One year full-time or two years part-time

Attendance

One to two evenings a week

This multidisciplinary Postgraduate Diploma programme explores debates on 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality. It explores connections between histories of colonisation 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 21st century.

The programme explores debates on empire and the formation of modern Britain and contemporary transnational political communities, social identities and urban cultures. It 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. Students will have the opportunity to study a wide range of different subjects in this broad multidisciplinary area.

The Postgraduate Diploma is convened by academics who have interests in racialisation, postcoloniality, urban multiculture and psychoanalysis. Students can also choose from a range of option modules convened by other academics in other departments across the College.

This innovative, interdisciplinary postgraduate programme will be of interest to those who want to develop careers in social research, education, law, journalism, youth and community work, urban planning, housing, politics, the arts and cultural industries, health and social care and numerous other areas. It will also be of interest to those who wish to pursue an academic career in sociology, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, urban studies or psychosocial studies, or in the social sciences or humanities more generally, and to those who simply wish to develop an advanced understanding of 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality.

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Highlights

  • The programme introduces you to different historical and political debates and theoretical perspectives in the broad multidisciplinary area of 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality.
  • You will participate in a vibrant, stimulating and diverse intellectual environment. There is a Race Forum and several other research institutes at Birkbeck that focus on relevant subject areas.
  • The programme is flexibly designed for students from all backgrounds to pursue their own particular research and professional interests.
  • The Postgraduate Diploma draws from sociology, cultural studies, history, urban studies, literary studies, psychosocial studies, philosophy and politics.
  • The Department of Psychosocial Studies has a formal link with the University of São Paulo, Brazil. This link enables students on this programme to undertake an optional module at the University of São Paulo as part of their programme of study at Birkbeck.
  • You will join a flourishing and diverse postgraduate student community and a growing research culture. 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.
  • There are also research institutes which focus on relevant subject areas such as 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.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.
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Course structure

The programme combines taught core and option modules. The core modules introduce you to significant historical and political debates and theoretical perspectives. The option modules are specialist subject courses that focus on a specific area, such as human rights, Lacanian psychoanalysis, migration and refugees, or Latin American cinema.

You complete 120 credits: two 30-credit core modules and two 30-credit option modules.

Option modules vary every year; the list below is indicative.

    The Department of Psychosocial Studies has a formal link with the University of São Paulo, Brazil. This link enables students on this programme to undertake an optional module at the University of São Paulo as part of their programme of study at Birkbeck.

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      Core modules

      Indicative psychosocial option modules

      Indicative College-wide option modules

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