Race, Ethnicity and Post Colonial Studies

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This programme is based in the Department of Sociology. The core course is taught by researchers located there. It is a multi-disciplinary initiative which gives students the opportunity to study a range of different topics within this broad academic area which is addressed in various ways both inside the department and beyond it by others elsewhere in the School.

This degree is unusual for placing the issue of post-colonial analysis squarely in the context of social science and using that focus to frame considerations of race, racism and ethnicity. It offers an overview of key theoretical and historical issues in these fields. Post-colonial social relations will be examined inside and outside formerly colonial territories.

The programme extends the curriculum in number of other directions for example, into an explicit encounter with new scholarly debates over multiculture and diversity, genomics and human rights as well as over the morality and legality of the contemporary ambition to revive colonial power.

While it remains strongly sociological in focus, the programme is also enriched by the introduction of scholarly discussions from neighbouring disciplines. We regard this multi-disciplinary character as a strength and an asset that helps to define the uniqueness of this degree.

Core staff with specialist interests in this area are Dr Suki Ali, Dr Claire Alexander and Professor Paul Gilroy. These and other LSE staff are working actively on research projects that address race and ethnicity in relation to human rights, refugee and asylum studies, hate speech and freedom of expression, ethnicity, urban sociology, globalisation and global government. Teaching on the programme is closely linked to the research currently being undertaken.

This programme is aimed at students with a good upper second or first class honours degree (or equivalent) in the social sciences. We will also consider applicants with a good first degree in any discipline who can show that they have either a well-developed interest in this area or a significant measure of relevant practical experience.


* To provide an overview of theories of race, ethnicity and postcolonial society.
* To engage critically with different historical and theoretical paradigms and perspectives on 'race', ethnicity and postcolonial social relations.
* To explore current theoretical debates around multiculturalism, citizenship and postcolonial theory.
* To consider comparatively the changing historical, political and social patterns of racialised politics in Britain.
* To examine the understanding of contemporary key issues in Britain and Europe, in relation to key issues such as 'mixed race', Muslim identities, asylum-seekers and refugees, the re-emergence of racist movements and the novel context created by a governmental emphasis upon security.
* To provide students with a means to connect work on race with work on genomics and human rights.

This is a full year programme. Students will take courses equivalent to the value of four full units as shown. These must include the compulsory core course 'Topics in Race, Ethnicity and Post-colonial Studies' (full unit) and the writing and researching of a 10,000 word dissertation which is assessed as the equivalent of a whole course.

You can choose any subject that interests you after consultation with an appropriate supervisor. The dissertation topic is approved at the end of the second term.

This is a full year programme. Students will take courses equivalent to the value of four full units as shown. These must include the compulsory core course Topics in Race, Ethnicity and Post-colonial Studies (full unit) and the writing and researching of a 10,000 word dissertation which is assessed as the equivalent of a whole course.

You can choose any subject that interests you after consultation with an appropriate supervisor. The dissertation topic is approved at the end of the second term.

Compulsory courses

* Topics in Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies
* Dissertation

Options (* half unit)

Choose a total of two full units from:

* Anthropology of South Africa*
* Anthropology and Human Rights*
* Globalising Sexualities*
* Globalisation, Gender and Development*
* Nationalism
* Multiculturalism, Nationalism and Citizenship*
* Empire, Colonialism and Globalisation
* Cultural Encounters from the Renaissance to the Modern World
* Race, Violence and Colonial Rule in Africa
* Introduction to International Political Theory*
* The International Political Theory of Human Intervention*
* The Politics of International Law*
* Inter-cultural Relations and Racism*
* Globalisation: Economy, Politics and Power*
* Cultural Constructions of the Body*
* Race, Ethnicity and Migration in Britain (post 1945)*
* Political Reconciliation*
* Gender and Societies*
* Racial Formations of Modernity*
* Race and Biopolitics*

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in social science, or degree in another relevant fieldEnglish requirement: * TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 627 in the paper test or 107 in the internet based test * IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 7.0 English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 80 (Grade A) TOEFL paper-based test score : 627 TOEFL iBT® test: 107 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Fee reductions and rewards
LSE undergraduates starting taught postgraduate study at the School are eligible for a fee reduction in the region of ten per cent of the fee. These reductions are available for UK, EU and non-EU students. The School offers a range of rewards for early payment of fees for all self-financed students.

Scholarships for study at LSE

LSE makes available over £12 million annually in financial support for its students via a range of scholarships, bursaries and award schemes, details of which can be found on these pages. LSE's world class programmes attract a consistently high calibre of applicants, many of whom seek financial support from the School, so there is always much competition for our awards. Securing the necessary funds to attend LSE can be a difficult and time consuming process so you should start to think about it as early as possible. Please be aware that the School will be unable to offer you any financial assistance if you knowingly register under funded. The relevant link on the left will take you to the awards available for your chosen level of study.

The School would like to thank the many donors who have contributed to the New Futures Fund, which provides funds for a number of discretionary scholarships.

Diploma, LLM, MA, MSc and MSc (Research) programmes

There are a range of awards available for study at this level. Approximately 19% of taught masters offer holders are successful in obtaining some form of financial support from the School. The value of support ranges in value from 10% of the tuition fee to a full fees and maintenance award.

Graduate Support Scheme

LSE's major financial support scheme for study at taught masters level is the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS). This scheme is open to all applicants, with the exception of those undertaking specific modular or executive programmes such as the MSc in Finance (Part time) or the MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management. Around £2 million is available annually in the form of awards from the Graduate Support Scheme. The Scheme is designed to help students who do not have sufficient funds to meet all their costs of study. GSS awards range in value from £3,000 to a maximum of £10,000, and have an average value of £6,000. Application to the Graduate Support Scheme is via the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form. This form will be made available to you once you have submitted an application for admission to the School. The form will then be available until 27 April 2011.


If you complete the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form, and are made an offer of admission by 27 April 2011, you will also be automatically considered for any other awards being offered by LSE, for which you are eligible, with the exception of Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding where there are separate, department led processes in place. AHRC and ESRC funding is relevant to Home UK and Home EU applicants only, and there are also subject restrictions in place. We offer a range of awards based on different criteria such as a specific programme of study, nationality, or country of permanent domicile. In addition, a number of external organisations offer funding to support postgraduate study. We recommend that applicants follow up as many avenues as possible to find funding. Please be aware that if you accept funding from an external source, it is your responsibility to check the terms of the award. Some awards are accompanied by specific terms and conditions which you should be sure you able to meet before accepting the award. Information about other Awards offered by LSE or external organisations. Please take some time to look at all the other awards available to support your study at LSE. The details of these awards are updated each October, but new LSE awards may become available during the course of the admissions cycle. We will only write to successful applicants for these awards. Selection for these awards will take place between May and July 2011 and all successful applicants will be notified by 31 July 2011.

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