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Race and Education
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Race and Education

International Scholarships available

Overview

Consider the impact of race and racism on communities around the world and investigate possible solutions to race inequalities in contemporary society.

This course will give you an understanding of the different types of racism, their varying histories and how they affect different groups of people in the 21st century. You will explore the field of critical ethnic studies and examine migration, ethnic cleansing, refugeedom and the status of refugees across the globe.

Through the study of critical whiteness, you will analyse what whiteness means and the privileges associated with it in different contexts. You will also look at race in the news and popular culture, investigating how the media cover racism and race-related stories and how audiences react to this information. In addition, you will study core modules on black feminist theory and race, gender and culture.

For your dissertation project, you will research in detail a topic of your choosing. You will be encouraged to think differently about race and racism and make suggestions that could help people better understand the different political, social and cultural contexts of problems and solutions within the field of race, racism and education.    

Inspired teaching and intellectual debate with published lecturers and researchers, including critical whiteness scholar Dr Shona Hunter and critical ethnic studies scholar Dr Kavyta Raghunandan, will deepen your knowledge and nurture your ability to critically analyse race, racism and education.

Placements can be undertaken in a variety of organisations, from social justice bodies and community groups to refugee action and racial justice networks. These opportunities will enable you to apply theoretical ideas to practice.

You will also have access to the very latest research from the University’s Centre for Race, Education & Decoloniality.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • Expert careers service
  • Placements
  • TEF Silver Award
  • University accommodation
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Entry Requirements

104
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 104 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

24 points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
UCAS Tariff Points: 104 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

24 points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Race and Education

Careers

Teaching and learning

Develop practice-based approaches to and theoretical perspectives on race, education and social justice to prepare for graduate roles in a range of professional settings. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change. 
Drawing on the disciplines of sociology, social policy, cultural studies, history and psychology, you will examine the concepts of race, racism, intersectionality and ethnicity. You will focus on race and ethnicity as social constructs, which affect social structures and individual identities.
Core Modules

Explore the critical race theory roots of intersectionality through the study of Black feminist theory, particularly the work of Kimberle Crenshaw and intersectionality's extension into other theoretical fields. You will also look at the intersections of race, racism, ethnicity and disability, gender, sexuality, class, age, non-binary identities, mixed race and migration status.

Examine a range of issues relevant to the critical study of ethnicities as they have emerged within specialist fields, including Caribbean black studies, African American studies, women of colour feminisms, queer of colour theorising and Latin American studies.

Drawing upon theory and contemporary examples, you will explore the ways in which discourses of race and ethnicity manifest in news and popular culture.

Demonstrate the development of university-level study skills, such as academic writing, referencing, constructing bibliographies, concisely summarising information and presenting ideas clearly with appropriate use of digital technology.

Option modules may include:

Engage in professional development activities that will help to develop your reflective practice skills and enhance your CV. The integrated placement will build your knowledge of, and practice around working in a range of settings relevant for race and education.

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to both historic and current models, ideologies and approaches, to tackling social need and creating social change globally.

Explore the difference between rights and other entitlements, and the theoretical and philosophical basis upon which human rights are ascribed and how this relates to questions of citizenship.

This module will introduce you to a range of key issues in education in England. You will explore some of the knowledge, beliefs, attitudes and issues related to the academic study of education as well as study the major developments in education policy.

This module will form the central spine for your personal, professional and academic development across year one.

Examine varying explanations of early learning and development, and consider their relevance to current issues and practice relating to the care, education and welfare of young children, particularly in the 0-5 age range.

Undertake the research methods training needed for your dissertation. On completion, you will be able to compare and contrast theoretical and methodological approaches, as well as practical perspectives, and be able to justify the conclusions you have reached.
Core Modules

Drawing on feminist, critical race and cultural postcolonial theories, you will examine the intersectionality of race, gender and culture.

This module introduces ideas from the interdisciplinary field of critical whiteness studies framed through an intersectional, anti-racist decolonial lens.

Consolidate and expand the writing of black feminists and feminists of colour covered in the year one module 'Intersectional racism studies'. You will engage with the work of second-wave black feminism, third world feminism, Caribbean feminism and black decolonial feminism, and you will look at the question of third-wave Black feminism.

Explore the history of race, racism and white supremacy, particularly as it relates to those racialized as mixed-race. This module pays particular attention to the way that race impacts upon childhood and schooling.

This module will form the basis of your research training for the dissertation (major independent study) in year three. It will enable you to develop a research proposal that contains a literature review, methodology, methods, method of analysis and ethical considerations.

Option modules may include:

Enhance your professional practice and employability prospects, particularly in relation to understanding how teams and groups operate in the work context. A range of professional development activities will help to progress your reflective practice skills and enhance your CV, and the integrated placement will develop your knowledge and workplace experience.

Understand how to develop the capabilities of organisations or projects led by a social purpose (mission-led), to help them strengthen community or social outcomes, and organisational sustainability.

Study different sociological perspectives and research related to social inequality, childhood and youth. You will examine the overlapping influences of social class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion and disability that generate different experiences in the transition to adulthood.

Discover the key barriers to learning which arise from social perspectives, disability and special educational needs (SEN), and other forms of educational exclusion.

Explore the concepts and practice associated with self-management, a key skill set within the context of the contemporary workforce. This module will also introduce you to basic management approaches in relation to supervising those working in their practice area.

Discover the importance of nurturing child wellbeing and health, and the early years professionals' responsibility in safeguarding and ensuring the wellbeing and health of all children.

You will be introduced to key concepts such as race, nation and ethnicity and to some of the ways in which these have been theorised. You will explore political issues in the recent (1945-present) history of immigration in Britain, including state responses to and public debates about immigration during this period.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

You will gain independent research skills and will be able to analyse theoretical perspectives and issues of race, racism, ethnicity and intersectionality in literature and practical settings. You will have the opportunity to apply these analyses in a dissertation (major independent study) on a topic of your own choosing.
Core Modules

Examine mixed race in chosen zones around the world in terms of a variety of discourses, for example, scientific racism, racial degeneration and societal salvation.

Develop an understanding of the diverse history of black resistance and activism post Second World War, up to and including 21st century student movements for racial justice.

Undertake independent learning on a negotiated research question that is of particular personal interest and value. You will extend your knowledge, understanding and practice in terms of research and data analysis.

Explore the operation of whiteness in institutional spaces as a way of elaborating the hidden dynamics of institutional racism.

Option modules may include:

Enhance your professional practice and employability, particularly in relation to your understanding of leadership and management. A range of professional development activities will help to progress your reflective practice skills and enhance your CV, and the integrated placement will develop your knowledge and workplace experience

Study the core elements of building a sustainable business model for a social/mission-driven organisation, or community business/project, and develop the associated skills, knowledge and reflective practice for implementing the model effectively.

Explore and investigate a series of educational issues through a self-directed placement. You will examine educational policy across all levels, from early years through to adult education and training, and will have the opportunity to tailor the module to your individual career needs.

Develop your understanding of the concepts concerning management and leadership in your chosen area of practice.

Develop a professional knowledge and understanding of the contemporary issues that affect young children, as well as an ability to analyse the values and beliefs that underpin policy and practice.

This module analyses the teaching of black children demonstrating that black history in schools remains the 'poor cousin' of multiculturalism and thus, stands accused of tokenism and compensating the black for not being white.

Professor Shirley Tate
Professor Shirley-Anne Tate
Professor

As a Cultural Sociologist, Professor Tate is a qualitative researcher interested in intersectional thinking. In her writing, research and teaching she draws on Black feminist, gender, critical ‘race’, queer, post colonial and Caribbean decolonial theory within her overall focus on Black Atlantic diaspora studies and emerging identifications.

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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation. See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course. See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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