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How we live with difference is the key issue of our time. Issues relating to race and ethnicity, whether immigration, Islamophobia, #blacklivesmatter, or media diversity, are at the forefront of public debate. The MA Race, Media and Social Justice will equip you with critical and theoretical tools to unpack and deepen your understanding of contemporary debates on race, ethnicity and racism.

Why study MA Race, Media and Social Justice at Goldsmiths?

  • Goldsmiths is a centre of pioneering critical race scholarship and you will be taught by leading figures in the field.
  • You’ll examine a range of different theoretical and philosophical approaches to race and ethnicity, including postcolonial and critical race theories, poststructuralist approaches, and theories of intersectionality.
  • The degree is underpinned by a focus on the cultural industries and you’ll learn to apply these theories to understand why representations of race and ethnicity take the shape that they do in news, film and social media.
  • You’ll expand your practical and academic knowledge of diversity in the media and other sectors through a series of industry talks from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) practitioners working in the industry.
  • This MA is taught across two departments – Media, Communications and Cultural Studies and Sociology – that are recognised as world-leading in their respective disciplines.
  • As a postgraduate student you will join a thriving intellectual community at Goldsmiths, while learning the skills that you will be able to apply to a range of careers, from media, to policy, to charity/NGOs and other forms of social enterprise.

Core modules

You will study these core modules:

  • Race Critical Theory and Cultural Politics
  • Race and the Cultural Industries
  • Dissertation for MA Race, Media and Social Justice

Option modules

You also take 60 credits of option modules from within the Departments of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies and Sociology, or relevant modules from other departments at Goldsmiths such as Theatre and PerformancePolitics and International RelationsEnglish and Comparative Literature and Anthropology.

Examples of modules that may be of particular interest to students on this course include:

  • Race, Empire and Nation
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Race, Gender And Social Justice
  • Music as Communication and Creative Practice
  • Gender, Sexuality and Media
  • Visualising Asia: Body, Gender, Politics
  • Navigating Urban Life
  • Cultural Studies and Geography: Speed, Mobility and Territory
  • An(Other) China: Postcolonial Theory, Postmodern Concerns
  • Palestine and Postcolonialism

Assessment

Assessment consists of coursework, extended essays, reports, presentations, practice-based projects or essays/logs, group projects, reflective essays, and seen and unseen written examinations.

Download the programme specification, for the 2019-20 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Skills

This degree will equip you with the ability to recognise and negotiate sensitive ethical issues in research and representation. You will also hone your ability to listen and speak to diverse audiences.

As a graduate from this degree you will develop excellent critical thinking and teamwork skills. The practical and research elements of the course will also equip you with the skills to design and implement projects. These transferable skills are highly valued by employers across many sectors.

Careers

The knowledge and skills you will graduate with from this degree will mean you are well-equipped to enter a diverse range of roles, particularly in relation to issues of equality, diversity and social justice. This could include governmental and public administration roles, NGO and charity work, policy work, and business and communications. Moreover, the emphasis on media will suit graduates interested in careers in creative and cultural industries.


Visit the Race, Media and Social Justice - MA page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

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