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CULTURE, DIASPORA, ETHNICITY (POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA)

Birkbeck, University of London

Postgraduate Diploma , Ethnicity

Course Description

This interdisciplinary programme stretches across the social sciences and arts and humanities and explores: 

  • debates on 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality; empire and the formation of modern Britain and contemporary transnational political communities, social identities and urban cultures
  • the connections between histories of colonisation and contemporary social formations and inequalities in the UK
  • how local debates on 'race' and racism are shaped by the global geopolitics of the twenty-first century.

The programme explores 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; 'race' and 'beauty'; contemporary racial nationalisms, religious revivalisms and 'the war on terror', 'whiteness and 'race', gender, sexuality and desire. 

The Postgraduate Diploma allows you to explore your interests in these subject areas and enables you to progress to, and complete, the MA Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity if you wish.

This interdisciplinary programme stretches across the social sciences and arts and humanities and explores:  debates on 'race' and racism, multiculture and postcoloniality; empire and the formation of modern Britain and contemporary transnational political communities, social identities and urban cultures the connections between histories of...

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Course Content

he programme combines taught core and option modules. The core modules introduce you to significant historical and political debates and theoretical perspectives, while the option modules focus on specific areas to suit your interests.

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.

CORE MODULES

  • 'Race', Racism, Postcoloniality
  • Culture, Community, Identity

INDICATIVE SPECIAL SUBJECT OPTION MODULES

  • Africa Imagined: Visions of a Continent, 1600-2000
  • Cultures of Human Rights
  • Education, Globalisation and Change
  • Education, Power and Resistances
  • Exhibiting the Body
  • Freud in the world: psychoanalysis, literary writing and the legacies of history
  • Futures: The Globalization of Human Rights
  • Gender and Development
  • Gender, Modernity and the City
  • Mental Health and Madness
  • Museums, Memory and National Identity
  • Politics, Art and Memory
  • Psychoanalysis and Culture
  • Qualitative Social Research
  • Reading Time in the Twentieth Century
  • Rethinking the Cold War
  • Social Justice
  • Theorising Social Research
  • War, Conflict and Development

he programme combines taught core and option modules. The core modules introduce you to significant historical and political debates and theoretical perspectives, while the option modules focus on specific areas to suit your interests. You complete 120 credits: two 30-credit core modules and two 30-credit option modules. Option modules vary every year; the list below is...

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Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Apply now to secure your place and allow enough time for the application and enrolment process. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

COURSE SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A second-class honours degree in social sciences or humanities.

Recent professional qualifications, relevant work/practical experience, or a lively interest in the subject area will also be considered.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. Some courses may require higher scores, particularly in the following subject areas:

  • arts management
  • cultural studies
  • development studies
  • film and media
  • geography
  • history
  • law
  • organizational psychology
  • psychology.

Please carefully check the Course-Specific Entry Requirements on your chosen programme for details of higher English language entry requirements.

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).

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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