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Facing Antisemitism: Politics, Culture, History

The persistence of antisemitism, both in Britain and globally, is clear for all to see. It manifests in hate crime figures, in opinion surveys, on social media, in political discourse and in murderous attacks on Jewish targets. At the same time, antisemitism provokes controversy. In Britain, since 2015 this controversy has most often focused on the Labour Party and the Left more broadly. These debates provoke urgent questions that should concern us all. What is antisemitism? How can we recognise and define it? How widespread is it? Where does it come from? Why does it persist? How does antisemitism arise within different political and religious contexts? Is there a difference between anti-Zionism and antisemitism? What is the relationship, in theory and in practice, between anti-racism and opposition to antisemitism? 

Taught over three two-hour sessions by Birkbeck’s acknowledged experts on antisemitism, Professor David Feldman, Dr Ben Gidley and Dr Brendan McGeever, this academic short course draws on information and concepts from the social sciences and history to enable you to address these questions.

The course is open to organisations as well as individual students.

For more information please contact .

This module is non-accredited and carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Mon 09-Sep-19 6pm-8pm

Class location Central London
Class code SSHC500N0AAA

First class: Wed 29-Apr-20 6pm-8.30pm

Class location Central London
Class code SSHC500N0AAB