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Reading Transnational Cultures (Level 5)

Our Reading Transnational Cultures short course is designed to help you explore the ways in which culture relates to the ideas of the nation and the transnational. In doing so, we will encourage you to work with cultural artefacts which engage with more than one cultural context.
We will consider questions such as:
  • How important or restrictive is it to explore culture within a national context?
  • What does a text need to do to be described as transnational?
  • Can our understanding of these categories be transformed by our engagement with literary and film texts?
  • What are some of the multiple ways in which a text can engage with more than one culture, and are these always liberating and transformative or can they also be oppressive and reactionary?
  • How important is language to these questions?
  • Do texts have to be monolingual or does transnationality require an engagement with more than one language?
We will work together as experts in different cultural contexts to explore these ideas in relation to specific texts such as the following:
  • France and Americanization: Jean-Luc Godard, Breathless (1960)
  • Germany and Americanization: Wim Wenders, The American Friend (1977)
  • Enlightenment perspectives, France and England: Voltaire, Lettres philosophiques (1734) [Letters concerning the English Nation]
  • French versus American Democracy: Bernard-Henri Levy, American Vertigo: Travelling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville (2007)
  • Colonialisms: Gilberto Freyre, The Portuguese and the Tropics (1961) and Peter Weiss, Song of the Lusitanian Bogey (1969)
  • Emigrations: João Canijo, Ganhar a Vida (2001) and Ruben Alves, The Gilded Cage (2013)

30 credits at level 5

  • 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: Fri 09-Oct-20 6pm-7.30pm

Class location Central London
Class code ARCL022S5AAA

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