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Race, Education and Decolonial Thought
Postgraduate course
MA

Race, Education and Decolonial Thought

International Scholarships available

Overview

Whether the discussion centres on racial inequality in the UK, political developments in South Africa or the #blacklivesmatter movement in the USA, debates relating to race, racism and decoloniality are ever present in modern society. It has therefore become increasingly important to raise awareness of these matters within many professional occupations. This course will deepen your understanding of the contemporary discourse on race, racism and decoloniality globally.

Drawing on theory and practice from the Global South and Global North, you will analyse what race, racism and decoloniality mean within these contexts and why these issues matter. You will study race, identity and culture within the Black Atlantic diaspora and the impact of black philosophies and movements. You will also explore contemporary theoretical debates around critical whiteness studies and critical ethnic studies.

As well as studying these areas, this course will allow you to select option modules from other masters courses offered by the Carnegie School of Education, enabling you to tailor your learning to your academic interests or chosen career.

This course is the first of its kind in the country. You will be taught by academic staff who have conducted extensive research in the areas of race and education. The course team includes Professor Shirley Anne Tate, the UK's first Professor of Race and Education, and Dr Shona Hunter.

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.

Entry Requirements

Requirements


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subject, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
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.

Requirements


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subject, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
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.
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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

Jon Giordano

Careers

Jon Giordano
Senior Practitioner Surrey Heath

PG Dip Youth Work & Community Development

“I can’t speak highly enough of my time at Leeds Beckett. I’ve really learnt how to educate myself with the youth work theories and best practice so that I can champion social justice and change young people’s lives for the better. I’ve come from being a part-time youth worker to managing a team of 16 people – I wouldn’t have had the confidence nor the opportunities without my course.

Teaching and learning

This module takes coloniality as its starting point in order to look critically at what constitutes decolonial thought and its possible interface with critical race theory.

Examine African descent decolonial viewpoints on race, culture, politics and identity, drawing on Black philosophical, political and social movement interventions from the Caribbean, the USA, Latin America and the UK.

You will appraise writing on critical whiteness studies from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives and engage with political and philosophical debates on critical whiteness studies.

Develop your own lines of enquiry rooted in a critical understanding of current literature and design and evaluate a research project, which will form the basis of your dissertation proposal.

Focus on and extend your selected area of interest and present this as a substantial piece of primary research or as an extended literature review.

Explore the ways in which childhood has been conceived of by a variety of different disciplines, and the contribution of the social studies of childhood towards advancing our understanding of contemporary childhood.

Explore the ways that children develop concepts of social identities from early years to adolescence. You will investigate the ways in which social, political and cultural forces influence children's identities and the extent to which identity is assumed or enforced

You will be introduced to recent theoretical developments in the field of childhood and early years that have sought to 'reclaim' physical, biological and material aspects of childhood as significant elements of children's experiences of the world.

A critical advanced perspective on the fields of ethnicity, migration (forced and unforced) and diaspora studies, you will engage with ethnicity, migration and diaspora as local state and global concern across a variety of historical and contemporary case study contexts.

Adopt a multidisciplinary approach to understanding childhood and early years as these have been constructed, and reconstructed in the 20th and 21st centuries. You will explore the discursive construction of childhood using a range of different source material including visual culture, popular culture and media.

Professor Shirley Tate
Professor Shirley-Anne Tate
Professor
Professor Shirley Anne Tate is a world-leading researcher in the areas of institutional racism, black identity and black diaspora politics. She has written widely on topics including the body, mixed race, beauty and the cultures of skin. She recently began an international research project to establish what needs to be done to tackle racialisation across the UK, Sweden, South Africa and Brazil and how national human rights institutions play a vital role in shaping national approaches to countering racism.
This MA will be the first of its kind in the country and we are excited about welcoming students into our expert academic community. The issues we will look at continue to be important ones for us all and they are issues we care passionately about as a team. We have conducted extensive research and writing on these topics and look forward to sharing our knowledge with our students.

Fees & funding

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 201920 on this course is £661 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £33.05. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation. See further information on financing your studies.

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.

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.

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed. 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.

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.

Location

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. It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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