United Kingdom, London

Migrant Cultures in Britain

when 4 July 2016 - 22 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1450

This course focuses on the African and Asian communities that have been created, and the contributions they have made, to contemporary British society and culture. The course begins by exploring why Britain needed migrants after World War Two, why migrants from the colonies came to Britain, and the ways that they made Britain ‘home’. The course helps students critically examine contemporary issues such as race and racism in Britain, the nature of multiculturalism, as well as ideas of who belongs to the nation state, and who is considered to be ‘the outsider’. It also explores the role of the British Muslim community, and critically examine current debates on migration and identity.

Students answer important questions surrounding migration in Britain such as; why has migration become such a contentious issue? How have migrants both resisted and adapted to the challenges they have faced? How have they used culture as a political response to their problems? By looking at the history of migration to Britain since World War Two, the course highlights both the links and discontinuities with the past and disrupts the idea that migration is either something new, or a problem for, British society.

Course leader

Dr Parvathi Raman, Nydia Swaby and Spela Zorko

Target group

Current students, professionals + leisure learners

Course aim

At the end of a course, a student should be able to demonstrate:

An appropriate knowledge base regarding post war migrant communities in Britain
Appropriate research and communications skills on issues of migration and diaspora in post war Britain
The ability to reflect and think critically about their own learning process

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.

Fee info

GBP 1450: Tuition
A tuition fee of £1450 will be charged per 3-week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.

Application fee
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £60 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.

An early bird discount of 10% is available if fees are paid by 31 March 2016.
15% discount for SOAS Alumni or if you take a combination of sessions 2 and 3.
20% discount for current SOAS students and our partner institutions.
Other discounts are available for groups, please contact us for further information.

Accommodation is available at an extra fee of £700 for 20 nights. For more details of how to reserve a room please our accommodation page.


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