Black Studies Ba Hons

Black Studies Ba Hons

The BA (Hons) Black Studies course at Birmingham City University will help you to engage with the contributions of Black scholars, activism and communities in this expanding interdisciplinary field.

This unique course is the first of its kind in Europe. If you are interested in the history, politics, popular cultures, artistic and social movements of people across the African diaspora, Black Studies will provide you with the big picture perspective through this growing discipline.

Your course will be taught by leading, research-active lecturers and tutors, where you will encounter a range of viewpoints, as well as gaining valuable experience within the wider community.

The purpose of Black Studies is to foster innovative teaching, learning and research that addresses historical and contemporary Black social life, culture and political activism both in Britain and across the African Diaspora. There has been a long tradition of Black studies in the United States. The discipline originally emerged on US campuses during 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.

However, in the UK, Black Studies has been taught more sporadically in higher education without having an independently named degree course or disciplinary home. It is therefore important to recognise that Black Studies in Britain has also thrived within various local community settings in Britain and through forms of independent self-learning and activism.

Black Studies at Birmingham City University is an interdisciplinary subject that is committed to working with the wider community. The course aims to make a transformative impact upon society. Throughout the degree, we will engage you in the thinking and practice of contextualising your work within communities, and where possible, connecting you to projects and organisations outside of the University.

The course seeks to enable students with the capacities and skills needed to apply decolonising intellectual knowledge to a range of strategies for advancing community self-representation, social justice and global human rights. These commitments are based on the understanding that the perspectives and lives of people throughout the Black diaspora are entangled in complex intersecting power relations, structures and processes.

Black Studies prepares students on this course for a range of graduate outcomes in a variety of occupations and occupational sectors (e.g. Public, Voluntary and Private). Black Studies graduates can go on to work in areas such as community development, charitable and voluntary organisations, NGOs, further and higher education, industry, retail and commerce, local and central government, human resources, social research, social work and youth work, amongst many others.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English language at grade C/4 or above.

  • IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

Career Prospects

Enhancing employability skills
The benefit of Black Studies is that as society becomes increasingly diverse, employers recognise the need to have a much deeper range of knowledge about society. It will also be an advantage because it demonstrates a wealth of knowledge on issues of race, inclusion and society.
As well as this, you will gain the transferrable skills that employers always crave such as skills in critical thinking, analysis and research. 

PLACEMENTS
There is a mandatory placement in your second year, where you will gain experience in either the private, public or voluntary sector. You will also, in your third year, have the chance to engage with an organisation outside of the University.
The placements are focused on working with organisations who work to improve the lives of people in different communities. 

Course Details

Year 1

Introduction to Black Studies
City, Community and Culture
Sociological Perspectives
Researching Black Lives
Black Intellectual Thought
States and Societies

Year 2

Black Political Activism
Media and Popular Culture
Black Feminism
Black Studies Methods
Black Studies Placement

OPTIONAL modules.
Citizenship, ‘Race’ and Ethnicity
Education and Critical Pedagogies
Food, Neoliberalism and Welfare

Final Year

Black Arts Movement
Blackness in Britain
Black Studies Project

OPTIONAL modules.
Activism, Social Movements and Social Change
Music and Society
Globalisation, Migration and Borders
Self, Identity and Society
Power and Inequalities
Global Cities
Postcoloniality

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