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Facing Antisemitism: Politics, Culture, History


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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, our Facing Antisemitism: Politics, Culture, History 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.

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This course is non-credit bearing, so carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. 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 register 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.