Multicultural Britain: A History
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 04 October 2018
Friday 14 December 2018
Requisites for this module
Britain is a diverse, multicultural society. Yet traditional histories of Britain often ignore the fact that British society has been remade and its culture enriched by people from a wide variety of different cultures, communities and backgrounds. The module will examine how 'race' became a defining concept for understanding British society, how mass immigration transformed concept of Britishness, and how Black, Asian and other Ethnic Minorities had to fight in order to exercise their rights as British citizens. It will also examine the history of Europeans in Britain throughout the twentieth century, from anxieties about Jewish immigration in the 1900s, to uncertain welcome afforded to refugees and migrant workers in the 1930s and 1940s, and finally to contemporary debates about the EU and 'Brexit'.
This is a module that focuses on the agency (i.e. how people make history through their own efforts) and experience of the people in Multicultural Britain as much as on their interactions with power, while never downplaying the enormous impact of racism. It highlights the diverse range of cultural experiences which make up the fabric of British history. Finally, it makes clear that understanding the history of multiculturalism also requires an understanding of its intersections with race, gender, and sexuality. Multiculturalism in Britain has not gone uncontested, but it has made Britain what it is today.
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Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Formative blog exercise, including peer review
||Blog exercise (800 words)
||Essay (2500 words)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Matthew Grant, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Belinda Waterman, Department of History, 01206 872313
Dr Rachel Rich
Leeds Beckett University
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Of 40 hours, 39 (97.5%) hours available to students:
1 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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