Working from a strong theoretical basis, this programme will help you to understand a range of empirical, aesthetic and conceptual issues which traverse and exceed both 'art' and 'international' politics.
We will explore practices and issues related to public space, democracy, equality, participation, justice and affect. By shuttling across art and politics, rather than seeking to produce a synthesis between the two, we probe a range of practices and strategies which, in the encounter between art and politics, play out in numerous forms and very different kinds of social spaces.
You will work alongside a mixed constituency of students from Art, Politics, International Studies, Philosophy, Cultural Studies as well as numerous other disciplines, which means we can take up the challenge to develop frameworks and spaces that are mixed and mobile, and which can operate in trans-disciplinary settings. In such a mixed context, questions about ‘autonomy’ and the political character of art take on renewed vigour and urgency.
Similarly we are able to probe art’s potential in times of political and cultural crisis. Why for instance, do contemporary arts practices increasingly claim ‘political’ origins and motivations, while political parties seek the involvement of art and artists of all kinds? Or, what good are practices that are neither art nor politics?
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Bernadette Buckley
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Politics and International Relations
In the Department of Politics and International Relations at Goldsmiths our focus goes beyond voting systems, parliaments and the conventional arenas of power. And it looks beyond the West.
We study politics and international relations for the 21st century, in which anarchism may be as important as liberalism, and in which Asia and Africa are as economically and geopolitically important as Europe and North America.
We also take an unconventional approach. So you may be working on group projects, writing a blog, or submitting a Manga comic instead of an essay.
Find out more about the Department of Politics and International Relations.
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Modules & Structure
You take the following three core modules:
Art and Politics: Theory History Event (30 credits) Group Project (MA in Art and Politics) (30 credits) MA in Art & Politics Dissertation (60 credits)
Students make up their remaining 60 Credits from the following list of options:
An(Other) China: Postcolonial Theory, Postmodern Concerns (30 credits) Counter-Mapping London: The Politics of Space (15 credits) Latin American Dictionary: Politics through the Arts (15 credits) Memory and Justice in Post-Conflict Societies (30 credits) Politics of Knowledge: Debates in Human Science (15 credits) Finance in the Global Political Economy (15 credits) The Political-Economic Governance of the European Union (30 credits) Politics of Human Rights (15 credits) Psychopolitics (15 credits) Theories of International Relations (15 credits) Visualising Asia: Body, Gender, Politics (30 credits)
Students may choose up to 30 credits of approved options from other departments at Goldsmiths.
You are required to undertake project-based work in accordance with your own political and aesthetic interests. The purpose of this project-work is to find ways of ‘doing’ politics which employ ‘artistic’ strategies and interventions in their realisation.
Projects have a student-centred material focus, complementing the theoretical emphasis of core and optional modules, and will seek to raise awareness of particular issues and draw attention to their position in the public arena. They may be written, broadcast, performed, curated, made, or involve any other kind of appropriately documented submission.
Training in digital and genetic media will be provided where necessary. Project training is monitored and co-ordinated by the artist-in-residence in the Department of Politics – who will oversee students’ individual needs while ensuring that there is continuity of support and opportunities to identify and build upon individual strengths and weaknesses.
Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
Skills & Careers
Our graduates come from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and embark on highly contrasting career paths. These include careers in curating (both independent and embedded); art practice (both collaborative and individual); journalism (radio, web and print journalism); performing arts; central and local government; work with NGOs (national and international); research (academic and professional); project development, administration and management. Some of our graduates undertake further professional training in law; journalism; education and social work.
You'll develop: a critical engagement with the broad field of international studies, communication skills, research skills, presentation skills.