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BA (Hons)Black Studies

Birmingham City University
United Kingdom, Birmingham
Tuition fee £12,000.00 per year
Course code L330
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If you are interested in the history, popular cultures, artistic and social movements of people in the African diaspora, our new Black Studies course – the first of its kind in the UK – will help you recognise and appreciate the achievements and movements of Black scholars, activists and communities.

Taught by leading, research-active lecturers and tutors, BA (Hons) Black Studies will see you encounter a range of perspectives, as well as gaining valuable experience within the public, private and voluntary sectors.

While there is a long tradition of Black studies in the United States (where it is taught in some of the most prestigious institutions in the world), the subject has been previously overlooked in the UK. The topic originally emerged in the 1960s in an effort to open up universities to a more diverse student body, as well as recognising the contributions of Black scholars and activists.

By looking at the contributions and intellectual traditions of people in the African diaspora, we can study a range of different perspectives that transform how we understand society. We also focus on exploring popular culture to understand social theories.

Black Studies is an interdisciplinary subject, and is also committed to linking to wider communities and efforts to improve society. Throughout the degree, we will engage you in the thinking and practice of connecting your work to communities, projects and organisations outside of the University.

The subject is interested in the African diaspora before the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade, as well as focusing on how Black populations resisted and fought back during this period. The degree will discuss Black studies in the international context, looking at topics impacting on the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and Africa. We will also focus on Blackness in Britain, including migrations to Britain and the contributions Black people have made.

Programme structure

Teaching is a combination of large lectures mixed with smaller workshops and seminars. Assessment is a mixture of coursework and exams. You can expect up to twelve hours a week of scheduled learning activities, and will be required to study independently for double that time per week.

The interdisciplinary nature of Black Studies means that you will leave with a critical and comprehensive understanding of society. Expanding the range of knowledge is vitally important, as it will equip you with the skills and knowledge to navigate and transform our ever-changing society.

As part of your degree, you will engage with organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors, and learn methods of how to do research with groups and communities that can help improve society. By your third year, you will be designing and running your own projects with the support of staff in the department.

Career opportunities

Studying a broad-ranging subject like Black Studies is an excellent route into a range of professional jobs, where you can be exposed to a variety of different ideas and critical thinking. This will enable you to consider a multitude of career options upon graduating, with the degree keeping the door open to professions such as social work, teaching and law.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States